Life is a challenge, meet it

By:Ashlee Zlotnick

Every day each and every one of us is faced with a challenge. Whether it is what shoes to wear or how to deal with a break up, in that moment it seems like that challenge is the biggest one out there. But the truth is, it is not. Children our age and younger are faced with a challenge they are unable to tell if they are going to overcome it or end up losing. Life challenges aren’t supposed to paralyze you, they supposed to help you discover who you are and these people understand that better than most. I am talking about children who have a life threatening illness or a disability.

Everyday more and more children are being diagnosed with illnesses such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, TB and many more. These are challenges that are unpredictable and that is what makes their lives so precious to them. They wake up in the morning and are so grateful that they can see, walk, talk and the mere fact that they are alive is a total miracle to them. Some of them go through hell every second of every day and yet they either have a smile on their face or they are laughing. Their problems make our problems seem like nothing but however it isn’t nothing to us. Every problem is a big deal to you, to others it may seem like nothing. A challenge is still a challenge.

Fighting cancer with Chemo and radiation is not only hard physically but it also takes a huge strain on you emotionally. For a boy it is not such a major problem to lose your hair but for a girl it is a very intense matter to accept. However now days we have things such as wigs and hair re-growth treatments to solve this problem. Yes the hair loss is a temporary thing but in those few months, you feel as if your whole world has collapsed on you. You feel the same way when your boyfriend has just left you or you got a D for an assignment you worked so hard at. They say every problem has a solution it is just a matter of finding the right one.

Truth is that guy wasn’t the right one for you but one day you will find someone who treats you the way you deserve to be treated and that grade made you work even harder at school thus giving you better grades to get into the career you have always wanted. Life is not like a ballroom competition. At a competition, none of the couples collide with each other and it looks perfect. The reality is, they have been practicing for ages, and they once did collide but they learnt from their mistakes and moved on. By us being faced with challenges whether small or big, we learn from them and we pick ourselves up from it and carry on. Life can never- not have collisions but in one or two aspects of life, it is a perfect ballroom dance.

Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.

By us accepting the life challenge and dealing with it will make us realise that it needs to be solved. Once you find the perfect shoe to make your outfit or the doctor telling you in remission or finding prince charming, you will soon realise that those challenges was all part of getting you onto the right path.


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