Life has peaks and valleys, or more popularly known as—good days and bad days. There are many valleys that come into our lives, some many of us can relate to: rejection from a college, rejection from jobs, or other unexpected changes that might interfere with previous plans (moving, changing jobs, beginning a relationship, etc.)
Some people see valleys as “bumps in the road.” While this is true, I think it negatively illustrates the value of valleys. I used to think a valley was the universe laughing at me struggling. Now, I view them more positively.
Yes, you may have gotten fired from your job; but you can use it as an opportunity to find a better job. Maybe one that pays more, or with more flexible hours, or where you can work from home. It’s still an opportunity.
You’ve plateaued after working so had for months on end to get to achieve your health and fitness goals. So what? Give yourself a week to relax and rest your body so it can work even harder. It’ll give you more motivation so you can get stronger. It’s an opportunity.
One example from this summer I experienced was potentially working with local hospital. Originally, I was excited to work for them. Over a month past my “start date,” nothing progressed as far as paperwork, medical clearance, etc. Working for them was my only plan for summer, and then I realized it wasn’t going to work out. I reached a valley I had no intention of being in.
Then I went through endless applications. I thought to myself, “I could go back to my old job.” But, I didn’t enjoy my last job anymore after four years. I decided to use this as a opportunity to find a job I loved. And I found it, and it paid far more than I intended. During the interview, they wanted to promote me to a higher paying position. It was a golden opportunity, and I said yes.
Even when we have reached a valley in life, it’s not necessarily a “bad” thing. Sure, you might feel disappointed or confused on what your next step should be, but it’s easy to make a valley into a peak. All it takes is a little patience and time.
Have you experienced a “valley” in your life recently? How can you turn it into a peak? Make sure to share your stories and thoughts below!