Author: Tieara Myers
Life’s challenges can feel unlucky but with a shift in perspective and awareness, you may perceive things in a new positive light. Awareness can help you grow through the ups and downs.
“Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.” - Dr. Wayne Dyer
In the course of our lives, we experience many depths of challenges. We’ve even given names to these periods of time in our lives: the terrible twos, growth spurt, mid-life crisis, or menopause. We are expected to be growing so we have a great deal of forgiveness.
Somewhere along the way, we forget that we are always growing.
Just like our bodies shed skin every day, we too are changing within. However, we may only see what is falling away and look at it as something that is wrong.
In college, I optimistically auditioned for the final acting roles of my senior year as a musical theater student. I was pretty oblivious to who I really was as I spent most of my time focused on characters. No matter how distracted I was, certain emotions and desires would break through.
An interesting thing happens when you aren’t listening to yourself – things keep coming up, stronger every single time. It can lead to your emotions manifesting in your body as pain, pressure, acid reflux, headaches, etc. It can influence life events such as missed opportunities, bad dates, or job changes. It may even scream out as an illness or a life altering moment, acting like a blinking neon sign focusing our attention to the present moment.
Really, your body and spirit are trying to tell you something. We can ignore it but the message will find its way to us.
Through college, I’d see a sparkly glimmer of something deep within myself. I became close friends with people who were just like me. This experience was no accident. My spirit put me right on the path to see, experience, and be in my truth. One thing is true: there was no way to push it away anymore.
During my senior year, a horrible thing happened that left me devastated, embarrassed, and angry. I wasn’t going to be performing in any shows and suddenly found myself with extra time on my hands. That’s when things really started to change for me.
What might seem like a slight can actually be a blessing in disguise.
With all this extra time, I got to know myself better. I had time to meet new people outside of the musical theater community. New information, ideas, and possibilities came to the surface. I had so much permission to explore my identity.
Image by Wesley Tingey
What I thought was going to be the worst year of my life became the best year of my life.
I came out of the closet, blossomed, and was the happiest I’d ever been in my life. All the pieces came together in my senior year. I found gratitude for having the time to explore my identity. Nothing that happened that year was an accident. What a blessing to realize!
Being aware of where you are growing can change how you react when things happen in your life.
I’m more aware than ever of this lesson as a psychic teacher . I have a keen focus on growth. I even find myself laughing when things happen that are a mirror for my own growth. How perfect!
One key takeaway is to be present in your life and notice what is happening. Do you lean into it or resist it? Can you see how challenges are a part of a bigger plan for yourself?
Even when it gets tough, you are still growing through something – not going through something.
See the truth of the matter. See the full picture – not only the problem – so you can ride the waves of your growth and validate your own personal life journey.