The Many Faces Of Perseverance Blog Series. I thought it would be nice to take the filter out of our daily lives and to be able to relate to many different people about struggles that we each face. I am learning everyday to embrace the struggles we go through, instead of fearing them. I am learning that everything we go through is putting us on our path and helping us grow. I am learning that even when its uncomfortable and hard that we are learning so much about ourselves and that our struggles are shaping us into a better version of ourselves. I hope you gain guidance, inspiration, and support from this series – Alexa
Kim’s story is her experience rolling through the punches and going through life. It’s heartwarming to see one of your best friends persevere through hard times and come out an even better person than before!
Kim, what made you want to share your story with others?
I wanted to share my story to inspire others to use their voice. Courage is defined when you see a great obstacle in front of you and you’re scared, but you still step forward. It’s okay to be scared, that means you are about to do something big. I hope when people read this that they are inspired to share their story and bring light through a dark time.
I am at a stage in time where the decisions I make are vital to my future. Before I would make decisions and not think about the impact it would have on my future. To me, the present could not possibly determine my future because I had TIME. And now TIME is of the essence! Almost a year ago I had assumed my life role was determined to be a PTA and i thought I was about to settle down with the man of my dreams. To my surprise, life happened, and I was thrown through a whirlwind of events that would soon change my outlook on life. The man I thought I was going to marry ended things rather abruptly which sent me into a depressed and very vulnerable state. At the time I was ashamed to admit it, but I didn’t love myself anymore. I had become so obsessed with making my life look perfect, and I lost my ability to laugh at myself and enjoy life.
You see, life isn’t perfect..life is beautifully chaotic. You have ups and downs and sometimes you get stuck going through the same circle of events day in and day out. It wasn’t until I realized that the Lord was my savior and HE was the ONLY thing that would love me the way I wanted to be loved. I decided I was going to change my outlook on life and I was going to live my days for him. I pushed myself to forgive those who have hurt me so that those heavy feelings of hate, depression, and anxiety were no longer dragging me down. So yes I forgave the man who “broke my heart” and ever since I have rid myself of these emotions I have made room for love, inspiration, and strength. NOW My intentions are far greater than being a PTA and getting married. I want to show others that it’s okay to go through the “downs” in life. You do not have to be ashamed. And you certainly don’t have to act like they never happened. I pray that people all over the world realize that each of us have endless potential to better others. It is our choice to press-on and tell our stories (good or bad) because there is someone out there waiting to hear and be touched by your story. We go through the DOWNS in life to bring others UP!
This all begins with a choice…I pray you choose not to ignore what happened to you! USE IT FOR THE BETTER!