To Struggle Is To Live


This is a response to the one-word prompt “Struggle” by “The Daily Post.”

What does it mean to struggle? Is it good or bad or what? According to Merriam-Webster; struggle is “to try very hard to do, achieve, or deal with something that is difficult or that causes problems.” To struggle is all that and more, much more. To struggle is to want something so badly that they are willing to work for it, to sweat for it, and do what it takes to get it.

If you really think about it, to all the times in your life that you had to struggle for something, was it not something that you actually wanted a lot or thought about a whole lot? I take that back, it is not just that you want something that you will “struggle” for it, but actually the combination of wanting and needing something so bad that you are willing to go through all the “muck” for it.

When we struggle for something; and I mean really struggle it is because what we want is something important to us. If it wasn’t important then we would not struggle for it and as soon as we encountered resistance, we would have walked away and thus have faced no struggle.

That’s another thing; when we as humans do face struggles in life, we learn so much about ourselves as a result. We both learn about our character and our struggles tend to build character as well. To struggle is to learn, and grow within ourselves.

What is life without a “little” struggle; without the feeling of accomplishment when we do face and then get through our struggles? If we had no struggle, we would not be able to really appreciate what we had in life and be able to look forward to the future, of things that we want or need. Without struggle, our dreams would never be fulfilled and would just be that dreams, there would be no point in having them.

So remember the next time that you find yourself facing a particularly hard and difficult struggle for. Just remind yourself what you are struggling for, and why it is important that you continue. To struggle is to live and face life throughout all its hardships, looking forward to the good times to come. To struggle is to hope for something more and something new.

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