If you follow me on social media, then you may have picked up on my mild mental breakdown last week, which was mainly induced by what I can only describe as a really rough few days.  You know those times when everything that could possibly go wrong, seemingly does and disastrously all at once?  Yeah, it was that, all over.

The thing is, whilst a lot of the occurrences of that week were rather stressful and altogether overwhelming, I think that in all honesty, it was more so the fact that they chose to unfold all at once, which saw them become so achingly difficult to deal with.  Because, when I took a step back and picked them apart, in all honesty, each thing wasn't really that bad, nor unmanageable.

I think it's fair to say, that there are countless occasions in life, whereby we find ourselves entirely losing perspective of the big picture and allowing ourselves to get bogged down by the minor details.  What was once crystal clear, suddenly becomes blurred by intense amounts of stress and anxiety and in an instant, everything starts to feel like an impossible task and throwing yourself out of the nearest window slowly begins to feel like the best option.

Yet sometimes, we simply have to come to realise, that even the most tumultuous times are not indicative of the end, because, let's face it, only the end, is really the end, everything else is just progress.

If I think back to all the times over the years, where I felt entirely defeated by life and lost my mind to too many dark, broken hours, crying alone in corners, convinced my world was coming to an end, only to somehow find the strength to fight another day and witness things take a miraculous turn for the better, I have to acknowledge that as hard as it gets from time to time and as final as it can occasionally appear, things do always improve.

What's important to remember, is that every occurrence, every interaction, every event and moment, whether negative or positive, pleasant or unpleasant, difficult or easy, is predestined and each and every experience offers us an opportunity for growth.  Each difficulty and achievement holds within it a lesson.  Sometimes, it's simply that we need to learn to trust in that and in doing so, to keep some perspective and some faith, because ultimately, for every negative there is a positive and for every up there is a down.

So if you're riding a high, appreciate the moment and if you're currently battling the low, have faith that the further down you are, the higher you can look forward to rising.  At the end of the day, it's not how dark it gets that matters, it's how brightly you choose to shine.

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
— Steve Jobs

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