What Exactly Are You Made Of?

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When you are reduced to nothing, you find out what you are made of.

When you are stretched to the max, you find out what you are made of.

 

When you are reduced to nothing, you will find out what you are made of.

 

Failing and dropping out of teacher training was perhaps the most life-changing but necessary point in my life.

If I hadn’t tried this route and failed miserably, I wouldn’t have found out what I was truly capable of. I was trying so hard to fit this pre-existing role of “teacher”, so much so that I had dismissed all of my other capabilities, talents, and skills that I had.

You don’t know what you’re made of until you get reduced to nothing.

 

It was in those following months, after failing that I really found myself. Found healing. Found a new way to connect with God. Through art. I rediscovered my ability to create, found myself falling in love again with painting, and drawing, which for so many years had been quashed, in favour of pursuing and focusing on other subjects. Has anyone else experienced this?

Society dictates we be a certain way, learn certain subjects, be certain people. But in those months, I broke out of my old self and rediscovered this new person. It was like this re-birth.

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When you are stretched to the max, you find out what you are truly made of.

 

Business is truly demanding. It demands your all, physically, mentally and spiritually. I found this out the hard way. I burnt out so many times, I can’t even count. I ran on empty each and every day, chasing opportunities, chasing my tail and running around in circles, without focus or a purpose. It took those moments of burn-out to realise that I really did need to work on my diet and mental physique. When I started to keep note of what I was eating, and my water intake, I started seeing improvements. Drinking enough water throughout the day can improve your thinking, alone. I also walk for an hour, two or three times a week and my prayer and meditation life has been good. I’ve also had times when I’ve had to really confront what I really think of myself, as well as how I value myself. My confidence and self-esteem levels have improved vastly.

I’ve also had the opportunity to work on projects, where I thought I wasn’t capable or had enough knowledge or experience to handle them. But I just knew. I knew what I needed to do in order to implement the work and I did a very good job at it, even if the client didn’t recognise that.

 

The stretch creates space for you to expand, to unlock those treasures that lie within you, that lets you shine more bolder and brighter.

The stretch is good.

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