If you could choose your own life obstacles, would you keep the ones you have? Day 15

I’ll keep the life obstacles that I already own, thank you very much.

In elementary school, I used to think that the grass in my classmates backyards were so much greener than mine. Like how the pretty blond girl was lucky enough to go to a bunch of different dance classes or how the bubbly biracial girl who was adopted into a White family lived in a huge home with an inground pool in one of the fancier suburbs near school and the list went on…

It was only years later that I realized that the blond girl’s mother constantly belittled her, had her on an eternal diet and dance classes were only to keep her skinnier than the other mother’s daughters. And the biracial girl was faking her bubbliness while trying to harm herself because she felt out of place in adopted family and siblings didn’t treat her well.

So yeah, the grass is not always greener on the other side.

I realize that my main obstacle is me, myself and I.

Most of my life obstacles are within my control to improve on – it’s just a matter of me taking concrete steps to do what I need to do.

If I want to lose weight, it’s within my control. If I want to improve my finances, it’s within my control. If I want to better my health, I can focus on the things I can control.

If you could choose your own life obstacles, would you keep the ones you have?

18 thoughts on “If you could choose your own life obstacles, would you keep the ones you have? Day 15

  1. I remember an anecdote from Vacation Bible School about how a man was tired of bearing the cross of his hard life and asked God to ease his burden. God said fine and led him to a room full of crosses of all different shapes and sizes. He told the man to enter and pick whichever cross he wanted. Relieved, the man went it, amazed at all the crosses he had to choose from. But after hours of trying on crosses, he saw a small cross leaning against the wall and put it on. He loved how it felt and said, “I’ll take this one.” God responded, “My child, that’s the cross you came in with.”

    🙂 🙂 🙂

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  2. What a wonderful question! My answer would have to be absolutely not. I know there are people whose health issues have helped them learn and grow, but I can’t count myself among them. After 40 years living with chronic illness I just want the damn thing gone!

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  5. You’re a much stronger and well-adjusted person than I am. Maybe some of my current obstacles are in my power to overcome, but I’m weak and unable to overcome anything. I think when I answered this question, I considered “the grass is always greener” or isn’t… but since the question phrased is as “if you could choose your own obstacles,’ I took that to mean I wouldn’t just be dumped with a new set of obstacles, which could, of course, be worse than those I have now. I took it to mean that I could choose different obstacles. Then I went totally unrealistic with it, but that’s just how I am. Totally unrealistic.

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