Being capable of doing hard things is something that I’ve seen a lot lately on social media. It is also something that I’ve been thinking of writing about and just haven’t made time for. So here is my two cents on doing hard things….
I grew up and went to school in a small town; my graduating class was around 300. After graduating my then adviser became principal. For the last three summers Jody Rich has bicycled across the country to raise money for schools through the PAACE scholarship program he started. I bring this up because he is a big believer in doing hard things. Throughout the school year he spot lights students who are his H.E.R.O.s (Hard Experiences. Relentless Optimism.) He is constantly reminding his students that they can do hard things. During his coast to coast rides he takes his experiences on his bike and relates them to life lessons. His most recent one really struck a cord with me. He wrote “At times in life you are faced with a project, a trial, or a hardship that seems insurmountable and too much to bear or do. In those times remember that you can do it, but you have to gear down and slow down and pace yourself and use all your resources. If you do, you can overcome anything!”
This message came a just the time I needed to hear it. I am determined to overcome my own hard trial. I just found out that I am being recommended by my doctor for a pre-transplant evaluation. Although it is finally an answer to the seemingly endless waiting it is hard to hear. Really all I need is a different perspective on what this means: This is just money in the bank. This is something that I have reminded myself for the last week. Like actual money in the bank, it is there when you need it, a precaution if you will. The pre-transplant evaluation is just a precaution and it will allow me to completely skip dialysis when it comes to that point.
Sometimes all that is needed to overcome hard things is a different perspective and slowing down. Taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture. Choose one thing to focus on at a time and work on overcoming that single obstacle. Use all of your resources. Reach out to those around you. Take care of yourself. Do what makes you happy. Find a hobby. Try new things. It isn’t going to be easy, it’ll more than likely be a struggle. But you were given this mountain to show others that it can be overcome; that they can overcome their own struggles. Just remember that you are not alone, that even the small victories count and need to be celebrated. Enjoy your Journey through life and live slow.