Monday, March 23, 2015


Bravery and patience are two incredibly valuable attributes that every person should try adamantly to attain. Helen Keller is quoted as declaring, “We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.” Helen gives those who struggle a reason to keep battling against their vices. Regardless of how brave an individual seems to be, we could all use further inspiration. Life could never contain only joy. To be life there has to be a certain amount of trials and tribulations. Both bravery and patience necessarily require a form of difficulty to exist. Although it may seem easier if there was never a reason for a person to display bravery or patience; an individual’s character and values clearly shine through as you witness them progress through difficulty and hardship. An individual’s character in the face of hardship is what I am wholeheartedly drawn to at this point in my life. There is a level of respect that coincides with resilience. While I had always dreamed of a life of leisure and ease, I find myself so much more fulfilled in the presence of achievement and thus hard work. I would love to hear who else has found themselves being more drawn to individuals who have undergone some sort of difficulty like themselves following a hardship or an injury. I remain in contact with many people who have various forms of disabilities whom I met in college. Many of them are drawn to others who have similar hardships. Maybe they are not exactly the same as theirs; they find it much easier to associate with those that understand. It is similar to how many divorcees with children prefer to only date others who are in the same life circumstance as themselves. There is an incredible amount that can be said for befriending people who are in similar circumstances to you. With the development of the internet there are various ways to meet up and interact with people who have similar interests to you. I encourage everyone that I know to take advantage of the resources that are available to each and every one of us. I thank you very much for reading and would encourage any responses that you may have.


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