When I was twenty-five I wanted to be a personal trainer. I’d been around fitness for most of my life, my dad competed in body building competitions when I was younger. I’d worked at a gym and knew all the machines.
I set out to become certified by A.C.E. (American Council on Exercise).
I had started writing again at this point, but thought it was just something to do. I didn’t take it seriously at that point.
It was my goal to get my wife and I out of the life we were living at the time. I had a job lined up after I passed the test.
When I got the results back and I had failed, it hurt. I felt like a failure.
After the initial shock of failing I started writing again, and began taking it seriously.
After we got our heads on straight after the disappointment of failing. Both my wife and I decided I should go after my writing dream.
I had thought of being a writer since I was fourteen and had always talked about it, but never really thought I could do it.
The act of failing at my trainer certification taught me that there are things that may be coming in our lives that can be the light at the end of a dark tunnel.
We often see the light, but it’s not the one we think it is. The light is really a reflection of what we think we want. It’s the puddle of rain that somehow seeped into the tunnel and made us think we were close, when in fact we weren’t.
It’s a mirage, an image of what our mind wants at the time, not knowing that what we really want, what we’ve always wanted was coming.
Our failures can act as a catalyst to something better. Initially they will pull us down, sometimes in to dark places where things that we don’t want to confront are staring at us.
These things are there to push us, to make us be who we should be, not who believe we should be.
Our lives are our own, but learning from our failures can make us try harder, work longer and eventually we’ll reach the point where life is what it should be.
What have you learned from failure? Answer in the comments.
I am contributing to another blog on Tuesday’s starting tomorrow. You can find it here. I hope you like my post and enjoy the other contributors as well.