It’s Always Darkest Before The Dawn…

No matter which road you take in life, you’re bound to come up against difficulties and struggles. Nothing worth having is ever easy, and when you finally reach your goal the struggle to get there can make it all the sweeter. But during those long days of fighting to get where you want to be, no one can blame you for feeling a little deflated…

Last night, I was watching Family Guy. Yep, I’m talking about Family Guy in a post with a deep title and deeper message – but do hear me out. Brian was offering a girl some generic advice to get over the breakup of a relationship, and one of the phrases he used was “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” Now forgive my ignorance, but I hadn’t heard the phrase used before last night, and it really struck a chord with me.

Life is hard. It is hard on many different levels for different people, and varies in intensity at all times. The battles we face can be emotional, practical and circumstantial ones, but they always feel tough when you’re the one in the middle of them.

The struggle I’m personally talking about is to do with my own personal aspirations of having a career in television presenting. I was under no illusions that it was going to be an easy journey; I have been fortunate enough to have had some wonderful freelance presenting jobs over the past few months, but when you’re unsure of your next move it can be unnerving.

This image often keeps me going, and directly relates to the title of this post:

never give up

I spend hours upon hours digging my own tunnel towards my goal, and it’s always good to have something to spur you on. Quotes and inspirational images work for me, as I have mentioned before – it makes me feel like any progress I make has got to matter in the long run, and every little really does help.

So whatever journey you are taking, don’t worry too much about the dark times. They might seem all-consuming but it has to become dark to get light again. That’s the natural order of things, and very few people get to the proverbial diamond mine overnight.

Even if you situation seems hopeless, that point where you feel it is time to give up might be the very edge of where you want to be. You could be standing at the foot of your dream but feel too shrouded in darkness to look up and see it, touch it and feel it.

I am never going to give up on my own aspirations, and I feel inspired to work harder than ever to achieve them. There will always be critics, and people telling you to call it a day, but perhaps they just want you to do what they did – give up. I’m prepared to accept the harder times and keep on working, and have the faith that it will all be worth it in the end!

It’s Always Darkest Before The Dawn…

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox



  1. Valerie
    January 31, 2013 / 1:28 pm

    Just to let you know that quote used in The Dark Knight Trilogy, I believe in either The Dark Knight or The Dark Knight Rises. Fantastic quote! I loved what your take was on it!

    • January 31, 2013 / 2:49 pm

      Oh that’s really interesting, I hadn’t realised! Thanks for your awesome comment πŸ™‚ xo

  2. Libby
    January 31, 2013 / 5:40 pm

    Great post, really interesting to read! Ive been through some tough tones recently… I sent you a YouTube private message about it wondering if you could give a little advice, but I don’t know if you got the message, it’s not an urgent situation, but if you could reply and give mr a little bit of advice I’d REALLY appreciate it! πŸ™‚ x

    • January 31, 2013 / 9:50 pm

      Thank you Libby πŸ™‚ what is your username? I will look up the message! xo

  3. Ericka
    January 31, 2013 / 6:54 pm

    I really needed a message like this today. I’m going thru a very tough situation with my relationship right now but I keep telling myself that if we just work it out it will be worth it in the end.

    • January 31, 2013 / 9:50 pm

      I’m so glad this helped πŸ™‚ I hope everything works out for the best <3 x

  4. Shannon
    January 31, 2013 / 8:19 pm

    This is a great post and very inspiring.

    • January 31, 2013 / 9:50 pm

      Thank you lovely <3 x

  5. Jamie
    January 31, 2013 / 8:38 pm

    This blog could not have come at a better time! it was like i was meant to read this. Thank you so much x

    • January 31, 2013 / 9:51 pm

      That means the world to me πŸ™‚ <3

  6. Jasmin
    January 31, 2013 / 8:42 pm

    Thanks for this inspiring post. I have the german version of It’s always darkest before the dawn (“Wenn die Nacht am tiefsten ist, ist der Tag am nΓ€chsten.” (Song Quote from TonSteineScherben)) on my wall, next to my bed, so I see it everytime and from everywhere in my room. It’s one of my favourite quotes and a big help to keep going, because – no matter how hopeless everything seems right now, it WILL get better somewhen. That’s something I truly believe in: happy times will come.
    And at the same time… I don’t think you can actually “give up” your life in general (except suicide, but I don’t wanna go this far) – it will always go on, somehow there’s always a way to get through anything. There is always hope.

    • January 31, 2013 / 9:51 pm

      You’re more than welcome Jasmin, and thank you for the German phrase, I love it <3 x

  7. January 31, 2013 / 8:44 pm

    So many people are inspiring me lately (you and this post included), just when I was about to give up! Thank you! xxx

    • January 31, 2013 / 9:51 pm

      I am so, so glad to have inspired you <3 it means so much to me! x

  8. Alice
    January 31, 2013 / 9:27 pm

    Do you like Florence + the Machine? She uses that quote in her song ‘Shake It Out’, check it out if you haven’t already heard it πŸ™‚ xx

    • January 31, 2013 / 9:52 pm

      I will definitely look it up πŸ˜€ x

  9. Amber
    January 31, 2013 / 9:47 pm

    I think you would really enjoy listening to the song “shake it out” by florence and the machine. One of the lines in the song

    “I like to keep my issuesstrong..its always darkest before the dawn”

    • January 31, 2013 / 9:52 pm

      Thanks lovely!! <3 x

  10. John
    January 31, 2013 / 10:00 pm

    This is akin also to the fact that night is always at its coldest just before the sun rises. The only advice I can give to you, and every other young person starting out into work and careers is to keep holding on to your dreams and do all you can to achieve them. You’ll have plenty of time in middle and old age to reflect that maybe you possibly didn’t give it your best shot when you were younger, when you had the spirit and the verve and the energy to do it.

    • February 1, 2013 / 2:07 pm

      That is very good advice indeed πŸ™‚ thank you Pud xxx

  11. Sofi
    January 31, 2013 / 11:06 pm

    This is really inspiring, I have my own dreams of becoming a singer and an actress and stuff like this keeps me going. You’re the first youtuber I ever subscribed to and I love your channel and your blog, you are the reason I started doing youtube videos and I wish you all the luck in the world with your dreams

    • February 1, 2013 / 2:07 pm

      That’s awesome Sofi! Thank you so much, and the same to you – never give up! xo

  12. Giulia
    February 1, 2013 / 12:25 am

    thank you so much for t his message, for the past year and a half I’ve been quite lost, I’ve always been a good student and suddenly I don’t know what happened to me. I really was felling like I wouldn’t be able to change that I the sad part is that I didn’t even know why.
    But what you said it’s true, those time of darkness will lighten up. And I’ll make this happen.
    Thank you again for being such an inspiration to me,

    • February 1, 2013 / 2:08 pm

      You’re so welcome, and that means so much – keep going lovely, I’m sure that everything will get better for you πŸ™‚ xo

  13. Jess
    February 1, 2013 / 1:47 pm

    I love this quote so much, its so true! It helped me come out of my depression in a way, but what you said also, is so true. πŸ™‚ xx

    • February 1, 2013 / 2:08 pm

      It is such a fantastic quote πŸ™‚ I’m so glad that you’re feeling better xox

  14. gloria
    February 1, 2013 / 5:02 pm

    I’m surprised you haven’t heard of it before, but if you write such inspirational posts after hearing phrases for the first time I hope more of this would happen! haha really encouraging post which I needed, thanks. xx

  15. February 2, 2013 / 9:06 am

    Thanks Chyaz, this makes me feel so much better. Not just the quote, but also the fact that others struggle with similar problems, makes me feel more at ease. Thanks again Chyaz! πŸ™‚

  16. Gillian
    February 2, 2013 / 10:26 pm

    this is so lovely and empowering Chyaz. you’re such an amazing inspiration. thanks for posting this heartfelt message, you’re amazing. x

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