Growing is hard. Especially growth as an individual.

Growth of the mental and spiritual side has the worst growing pains in my opinion.

And it always seems that during the times that you are doing the most growth are the times you are hurting the most. Those are the times that you want to just don’t want to try so hard anymore. When I look back at my life and see the times where I was hurting the most, those were the times that I was having a personal growth spurt.

Those were the times that I was really learning and changing and moving forward.

There has been a lot of personal growth happening lately. Growth in how I handle difficult relationships with people, growth in my marriage, growth as a mother; all of it has affected the whole of me and helped me to become a more patient and mindful person.

The cool thing about life too is you will never stop learning. That can be either intimidating or encouraging depending on how you look at it. I prefer to be encouraged by it.

The pressure that gets taken off my shoulders when I realize I’ll never truly “make it”, I’m never going to reach some imaginary summit of eternal success and understanding. Rather, I’ll reach several different summits in my life. I’ll reach a point of understanding and then plunge back into learning again. It gives life a certain rhythm in my opinion.

And it helps during those times of intense despair to think to yourself, “Hey, maybe I’m in the middle of learning something right now.”

Those kinds of thoughts, I’ve noticed, help to ground me and encourage me to be mindful of my life in that moment.

Because in the wise words of Ferris Bueller:

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.