Staying Positive Through Your Journeys

Feb 24, 2016
Tagged with: Staying Positive Through Your Journeys

In previous blog posts, I’ve mentioned where I first developed my love for nutrition and people with disabilities. Typically when I blog, I write an educational piece about portion sizes, certain nutrients, and other nutrition tips; however, I think it is also neat learning about people’s journeys — the good and the bad parts along the way. Sometimes, it takes me a while to realize my own personal successes because I am the type of person who wants to praise someone else for their achievements and experiences first. Needless to say, looking back on my own journey so far has truly been a blessing to me and has landed me where I am today — working with the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, & Disability. I’ve been extremely fortunate with some incredible opportunities.

What I’m getting to is that it hasn’t always been an easy road for me and things do not typically fall into my lap. With that said, I want to stress the important life lesson from this. Because things have never come with ease, I understand working twice as hard to reach your goals. I understand not feeling good enough at times. I understand what it’s like to watch other people have things handed to them. Is anyone else familiar with these feelings too?

The reason I am bringing this up because I know what it is like to try and then to fail…and perhaps, to try and fail again. Moreover, I understand that if I continue to have a positive attitude and set my sights on something that I will be determined to reach that goal one way or another. It is all about the attitude and mindset. Mental health plays a large role in overall health anyway, so staying positive even when things get challenging can take one a long way. A popular expression states, “If one door closes, another door opens.” Even though your ideal path may not always be a straight shot to victory, many bumps and curves in the road can steer you to new opportunities and/or make you a stronger person. This could relate to sports, weight goals, career plans, or whatever other personal goals you may have! I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and if I would have gotten accepted into certain programs elsewhere or would not have been flexible with my intended plan for my career, I would not be where I am today. And I must say, promoting nutrition and healthy behaviors for people of all abilities is an incredible opportunity that I never imagined I would be given. Even when you get knocked down, I highly encourage you to get back up and try again.

So for quick thoughts, I advise you to keep striving for your goals and to be flexible with any obstacles that may come into view. If you fail, that’s okay — there is another opportunity to try again or another chance to find a different and more exciting experience that will shape you. One way or another, learning to appreciate your own distorted journey is a beautiful thing, and I hope that you become successful with all of your encounters and goals.



Author: Rebecca Cline

  • bobl07

    You are so right that Positive attitude is everything! We will all hit our valleys and low times, but realizing that we are meant to rise should give everyone cause to continue to strive and more forward. Continued success!