Why It’s Time to Stop Waiting for Everything to Be Okay

I’m guest posting at A Life in Progress this week.

Is everything going to be okay?

How often have you said those words?

Most of us have repeated some version of them many times, whether to ourselves or others.

The predictable response: Everything will be okay, is meant to provide reassurance and hope. But those words can ring empty, even as you cling to them.

That’s because when you say everything is going to be okay, what you usually mean is I’m hoping that everything is going to be resolved my way and that I won’t have to deal with any major heartache or disruption.

And deep down, you know that that isn’t realistic.

Even if today’s problem resolves itself simply and easily, there will be other challenges tomorrow or the next day.

Jobs are lost. Relationships fail. Illness happens. Loved ones die. Sooner or later, every one of us will have moments of breathtaking pain.

But that doesn’t mean you have to tiptoe through life, breath held, shoulders tense, wondering when it will be your turn for things to not be okay.

And it doesn’t mean you have to despair.

What it Really Means When Things Aren’t Okay

When you hit those inevitable moments of not okay, it means one thing: you’re a hero.

Seriously. Think about this.

What story have you ever heard where the hero faced no opposition? It just doesn’t happen.

The supporting characters? Maybe. Or at least you don’t always hear about that side of their story. But the hero is always pushed to their limit.

Not only that, those moments of not okay are crucial to their mission.

In being vulnerable, they discover their own strength.

In facing down their worst fears, they find their own power.

In standing up to external opposition, they learn to silence the internal opposition that tells them they can’t and they are not enough.

Those people? The strong ones? The brave ones?

That’s you.

Read the rest of this guest post here.

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