Over my first 25 years of life, I’ve learned so much! I’ve experienced conflict, loss, difficulties, joys, triumphs, and successes… Through it all, God has taught me some important truths that will propel me through whatever the next 25 years have in store for me. Here are just 10 lessons that I’ve learned over the past 25 years that I feel are worth sharing for other to learn from as well:
These were just a few of the life lessons I’ve learned over the years. I can’t wait to see what I learn in the next 25!
Life is hard.
Hard times and trials are a guarantee.
Our attitudes/reactions to trials are a choice.
The last few years of my life have been the hardest by far – dental school has stretched my limits time and again, and there have been many days when I didn’t think I would make it through. I’ve been forced to learn how to work harder than I ever thought I could. I’ve become accustomed to persevering and spending hours and hours to perfect a skill or prep for a patient. I’ve learned how to deal with all kinds of personalities and roll with the punches. I’ve cried many tears and spent so much time wondering if this journey was really for me. Then I realized that God has brought me this far for a purpose. It’s not by accident that I made it into dental school when there are so many people who applied with me and didn’t make it in.
God is working in the midst of my trials. He is making me into the person I will be.
“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
I love the quote “Bloom where you’re planted,” and it is the mantra that this blog is named after. To me, this quote encompasses a major lesson God has been teaching me over the past few years. You see, how we react to our difficulties makes all the difference in the outcomes. Why? Because the SAME seed can bloom in manure as one that doesn’t grow in different soil. Weird analogy but my point is that blooming where you’re planted means that in the midst of hard times and challenges, a person is able to still thrive and grow in spite of the times they’re in. This is only accomplished through faith, positivity, perspective, and a good attitude. So regarding the example of dental school, sometime during my second semester I began to realize that I was stronger, more resilient, and more capable than I had ever imagined. In some situations, the difficulties force us to step up to the plate and achieve greater heights than ever before – and this is exactly what I did.
Dental school is just one example of me blooming. On my fitness journey I disciplined myself and lost 15 pounds during my first year of dental school in preparation for my wedding later that year. Whereas I was busier than ever, I still made time for my health. I was blooming.
When separated from my family and husband, the girl who was used to always having someone around and feeding off constant company had to learn what it was like to be alone and distant from those closest to her. I learned how to be okay with being alone and independent. I was blooming.
The same day that my dad passed away from stomach cancer, I found myself taking a general chemistry midterm. I knew my dad would’ve been happy to see me doing well academically and preparing for my eventual 5 admission letters to dental school. And what’s crazy about this is that I made a B on that exam. I was blooming.
BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED.
You are able to BLOOM and GROW and THRIVE and SURVIVE in situations that would otherwise destroy you. You are much stronger that you know.
So take advantage of whatever situation you find yourself in and try to adapt and make the most of it.
Where you are planted could be a stressful job, a hard season of family conflict, trouble with finances, or a problematic relationship. That situation or soil doesn’t have to determine whether or not you bloom. Allow yourself to grow from what is happening to you. Ask God to give you the strength to get through this hard time. I have faith that you will soon blossom into something beautiful, regardless of where you are, just as God intended.
Author - Beryl
Beryl has a passion for writing pieces that uplift, inspire, and encourage you to bloom. She's been blogging since October 2018.