Resilience (BLC26 Challenge Log)
Sunday, October 05, 2014
I often wished that I had a higher IQ, but one good thing I was born with is resilience. This trait has defined my life. Growing up was tough- both my parents suffered from extreme, untreated depression. My father had serious substance abuse problems during the most formulative years of my life. He was around 70 before he quit that lifestyle. My family was poor and to this day I and my children are the only ones in the entire extended family who graduated from college and married happily. Luck and resilience helped me do this. Along the way I put my own life at great peril many times during my teens and young adulthood. I wish I had not engaged in those awful things but I somehow survived so it is senseless to dwell on that past. I think I would go nuts if I spend too much time thinking about my past reckless, self-endangering behavior, so I deal with this by not going back except to reflect on how much better my life is today.