Chances are, at some point in your life, you’ve felt as though you have officially hit ‘rock bottom,’ or have felt as though things can’t get much worse than they already are. Maybe it’s your work, your relationship, your family life, or your finances. Whatever the context may be, feeling as though things can’t get much worse isn’t exactly a comforting thought.
Good news, though; hitting rock bottom is, believe it or not, perfectly okay. In fact, it’s actually positive in a sense, because it allows someone to acknowledge that the only direction to proceed from where they’re at is onwards and upwards.
I realize I probably sound like a more polite version of Dr Phil, but I honestly believe that hitting rock bottom can be one of the best things to happen to someone. It’s a brutal way of forcing someone to comprehend that they’re knee-deep in shit, to get their ass in gear and to move forward.
It may not be the best example, but this topic prompts me to consider when I learned I didn’t make the cut for Brock University’s Masters in English program. I had worked so hard to get my average up, only to learn that I had missed the admittance average by one per cent.
Yeah, it was a real kick in the teeth.
I was absolutely devastated, and I remember calling my parents bawling, saying I was done and that I was throwing in the towel. They understood my disappointment, but reminded me that the world wasn’t ending, to pick myself back up and figure something else out. Fast forward one year and I now have my post-graduate Public Relations certificate with President’s Honor Role and more practical experience than I likely would have gained in a Masters program.
Really not the worst thing that could happen.
I tend to think of the song, “if you’re going through hell, keep on going” whenever I’m feeling low. If things can’t get any worse, it just means they can only get better.
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