I had an interesting conversation recently. In it, the idea was posed that some people ‘push through’ and others give up. I was taken aback by the statement, confused by its context and intent. But after thinking about it — far too much, I might add — I realized this.
Sometimes it’s about whether you believe, or you have lost faith.
It’s very hard to ‘push through’ when you don’t believe anymore. And sometimes, when your faith has been pushed to its very limits, and you lose the thread of the narrative, it’s hard to care anymore.
Once upon a time, I was handed a business in a banker’s box. And over the course of seven years, I learned many things the hard way. The stress was, at times, unbearable. But I was proud of what I helped to build, and that made it possible to keep going. I believed in it fundamentally. It made the hard times worth the pain, and the great times even sweeter. But when I began to lose my faith, when I started to not recognize what I thought I’d been part of, it made it challenging to keep going.
It’s hard to walk away from something that used to mean so much. But I also believe that you have to take care of yourself. And the best of life has yet to come — the best things are in the future, they are just around the next bend in the road. It took me a minute to get my brain around my new reality. I had to forgive myself, and also commend myself for making the best choice for my future. Life isn’t easy. But it can be so beautiful if you let it.
And ps. Hubs and I are seeing ‘Hamilton’ in two days. I cannot wait!