I did my first hike up Table Mountain on Saturday. I started off Platteklip Gorge, which in all honesty was one of the hardest things I’ve physically done. Several moments I felt like passing out but then I got up and reminded myself that I can survive and withstand anything.
How do I know this? Because despite everything that has ever happened to me, here I am today. I have conquered every single one of those moments of absolute loss. In those moments where the light felt too distant, I thought I would never see it again, but I did.
How do I know this? Because I have had several periods where I genuinely thought the phantoms of my tragedies were going to strangle me and take me down. Where my own hands would not be able to fend them off. Where I was so lost that life seemed like a barren desert ahead of me, but here I am. I am still alive. And I have survived. So you will too.
How do I know this? Because the Universe gives you conflict and pain to help you grow into a better person. It shows you the way through its own darkness by giving you glimpses of light. It allows you to see the human being within, who is made of gold, who can survive anything, who monsters fear. It will guide your way to the end of the tunnel. You just have to trust it. You only have to believe your journey.
Extract from The Thought Catalogue