Throughout my life I have often wondered, what makes people resilient?
Resilience is the quality that allows for warmth and stability to emerge among chaos and debris, for softness to prevail in the face of deep and unrelenting pain.
In my experience, resilience is the beautiful and ever-so comforting by-product of adversity.
When I think of myself holistically, from child to adult, I can clearly see the events that led to me ultimately becoming a strong and stable advocate for myself. A pillar, for which I can rely upon, during the ever-changing tides of life. I have learned that happiness is sporadic, it comes and it goes, like winter to spring.
And sometimes, the true gold, the gold that leads to 'resilience' and ultimate contentment, only comes when one realises that happiness is neither a destination nor a goal, but a peaceful pitstop in the flux of life.
Resilience comes from enduring and withstanding that which seems unbearable at first thought. Resilience is the recognition that strength comes in many surprising forms. When you are resilient, you realise that you are in control of your responses to all that occurs in your life and as such, you stand tall when the seas get rough.
To me, resilience is a choice. A warm and nurturing choice.
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