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:
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…