Sunday, 13 March 2016

The Sunday Post | "Your Struggles Develop Your Strength"


This week (like most weeks recently) I've been fighting for my fucking life against the current that is dissertation panic. I'm absolutely buzzing that I only have a few months left of university, but at the same time pooping my pants that I have so much work to do and no time at all to finish it all. When it comes to this sort of stress, flight is definitely my copy mechanism; I want to bury my head in the sand, sleep all day, watch six series on Netflix straight- basically do anything to not have to face the mountain of work I have to do. Of course this is not the best way to deal with these problems (or any problem!) as Netflix isn't going to do my work for me.

This week I've developed a pretty weird way of motivating myself and that is reading and listening motivational speeches for bodybuilders. Yes, bodybuilders. I'm obviously not a bodybuilder, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of my absolute heroes (it was love at first Terminator movie) and even though I can't spell his surname, I am full on inspired by the man. And honestly, after reading quotes by him, I feel inspired to take on the world. It doesn't make me want to be the next Miss Universe, but it makes me believe in my passions and dreams again and feel excited to chase them. I'm finally forcing myself to see the light at the end of the tunnel and it's motivating me to crack on with my work and get it done and dusted.

Struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel is something that can be applied to a lot of life's challenges. Of course, university was something I chose to do, it's something I've enjoyed and am glad I've done, but sometimes life throws unexpected and unwelcome events our way. If you're going through a hard time in your life, it's almost impossible not to be consumed by it. From my own experience of dark periods, there is always, always a light at the end of the tunnel. It might be a month away, a year, two years, but the most important thing to remember if you're in a bad place is not to surrender to it. Fight for your life, in the words of Bridesmaids "fight for your shitty life!". As we grow up we're fed fairy tales of women getting saved by men, and although I love my boyfriend, he is my best friend and rock, the only person that can make the decision to help you and save you is you. 
It's undeniably easy to lie down and take it when life is screwing you over, when everything in the universe seems to be willing you to give up, is when it's time to prove your strength and fight through that hard time. If you don't want to be helped, no matter how much another person tries, you aren't going to be. You need to want the best for yourself, you need to want to feel alive and once you actually want to feel motivated and happy again, only then can you begin that journey. I 100% know it's easier said than done and you may encounter hurdles, but there is always, always a light at the end of the tunnel. If it's not okay, then it's not the end. 

I guess what I'm trying to do is pass on some of the motivational advice that I've learnt this week and I hope whatever your situation, it also helps you fight through a miserable time. If you do want to listen to some motivational speeches, my favourites are HERE and HERE. It might sound like an absolutely insane and cheesy way to get happy and get motivated but seriously, it works for me and I hope it works for you too.

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  1. Motivational quotes are the best! Good luck with university; try to remember and enjoy these last few months too; the end of a chapter in your life and the beginning of the next exciting chapter to come!

    (Having said that, my new chapter involves postgrad and statistics... so how exciting this new chapter will be, I make no promises! ;) )

    Michelle -x-
    Sugardust and Starlight

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