A is for Adversity

This is a first in a series of letter-based blog posts. Utilizing the Daily Drop Cap for my first letter, I’m going through the alphabet, choosing one word each day to blog about. I’m doing this to get my creative muscles working again. Plus, I love the beautiful drop cap letters created by Jessica Hische and have wanted to use them for a long time. Enjoy!

Adversity: misfortune; a difficult situation.

Surviving adversity is a skill that we all have to learn, otherwise we can’t survive the real world. There are plenty of ways to avoid adversity’s aftermath. Alcohol and drugs are the two wiliest thieves that prey on the mind’s desire to forget about it when things get hard. Coping mechanisms are instilled in us at a young age and we use them to avoid or forget about adversity. My favourite way to forget about things is to read a book. I lose myself in the story and drift away from what bothers my mind. But sometimes it’s not enough. Sometimes the adversity seeps into my brain even while I’m trying to concentrate on the story. What do I do then? Sometimes I try to write about it. I’ve written so many things in the last two years. I began writing a novel. I wrote poems. I journaled. It’s been a growing process.

I’ve also cried.

“Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later and then you still have to decide what to do.” — C.S. Lewis

This is an apt way of saying you eventually have to decide what to do. Whether you’re crying, or drowning your sorrows in a pint glass. Or overdosing on episodes of Breaking Bad (I’ve been trying to catch up). Eventually you have to face the music. Adversity is a part of life. It’s an opportunity to learn about yourself. And it may suck. It may bring you to your knees. It may turn you into a raging lunatic. But eventually you pull out from your rage or crying jag or what have you and you have to continue on. Adversity doesn’t kill you. It makes you stronger. Even if you don’t believe it right now, you will when the time comes. When you are faced with adversity yet again you will recognize that situation and you will decide whether you want to react in the same way as you have in the past or choose a different route. You may cry, but maybe the tears won’t be as big, as hot, as fast as they came before. That’s when you know you will be able to survive this adversity, just like you did before.

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3 thoughts on “A is for Adversity

  1. Manda September 30, 2013 at 7:12 pm Reply

    Thanks for sharing that CS Lewis quote. For a girl who’s spent a good chunk of the last 2-3 weeks crying, it’s something I needed to read.

    • Olga October 1, 2013 at 11:57 am Reply

      I hope you’re feeling better, Manda!

  2. Link Love, Vol. 34 - Break the Sky October 6, 2013 at 5:10 am Reply

    […] A is for “adversity.” (I love Olga’s ABC series.) […]

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