You Don’t Have To Struggle To Be Successful
It’s okay to not be okay.
It is also okay to be okay.
It’s okay to be happy. It’s okay to accomplish things that don’t require a struggle. It’s okay for things to work out for you, all at once.
It is okay.
I’ve had to preach this sermon to myself so much lately because, when I look at my life, I’ve been incredibly blessed in so many areas. I come from a single-parent household, but I don’t know what it’s like to see my mom struggle or to go without and that’s a blessing. If there were ever a time that we were struggling, I didn’t know about it because I’ve always had everything I needed, and even the things I wanted.
I’m beyond thankful for that, and I understand that not everyone can say the same thing. Not everyone has had such a pleasant upbringing, and because of that, it makes it difficult for me to fully celebrate what I’ve accomplished because it didn’t require a struggle first.
It seems most celebrities or anyone who has reached a high level of success always come from situations that are less than favorable. They lived in poverty, didn’t have parents, were raised in the system, resorted to illegal activities to survive, and the list goes on and on. So, to see these people who had all the odds stacked against them win, make something of themselves, and go on to do great things despite the environment they grew up in is admirable. It’s something to aspire to and a message of hope that it doesn’t matter where you come from; the only thing that matters is where you’re going.
But, that’s not my story. That’s not to say that I’ve never gone through anything in my life because that’s not the case, it just doesn’t compare to what other people have gone through, and I recognize that. And, in acknowledging that, it causes me to dim the light on my accomplishments because I didn’t struggle for them in the way some people have. I didn’t have as many odds stacked against me.
I’ve had to realize that it’s okay for me to win even if I didn’t have to go through as much as the next person. Nothing in this life has been handed to me; I’ve had to work for the things I have, and I have to work to keep them. I also realize that comparison is something that should be avoided (and I’m working on it) but for those people who have a similar situation where you don’t have rags to riches story or life hasn’t completely taken you through the trenches, it is okay for you to win without struggling. It doesn’t take away from what you’ve accomplished.
What accomplishments are you proud of? Brag about yourself in the comments below!