How Will You Deal With It?

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Bad things happen to good people.  Bad things happen to bad people.  Good things happen to good people.  Good things happen to bad people.  Depending on how much good or bad you’ve done, the amount of good or bad you get varies, but, no matter what, we all get a little taste of everything in the big game of life.  It’s necessary.  How can you expect to grow as a person if you never get exposed to a healthy variety of life’s dealings?  You can’t, which is why you need to expect and be prepared for anything.

Hardships are what help shape a person.  If you accept them and find a way through them, then you’ll come out of your struggle stronger, smarter, and more independent.  By working harder to overcome your problems, you as a person will learn and grow so much more than a person who simply gave up or turned to others to depend on.  Unlike them, you’ll be able to look back at what you’ve accomplished with pride and satisfaction.  Sometimes it’s difficult to find this will amidst all of your turmoil, but it’s important to understand that those moments of difficulty will help you once you overcome them.  A person who has seen no troubles in their lifetime can’t be considered accomplished.  A boxer can claim to be undefeated, but, if they’ve never set foot in the ring, are they really the reigning champion?

You’re the only one who can determine your character.  In struggle, will you do everything you can to press forward?  Will you claim to try, which only sets yourself up for failure?  Or will you simply give up?  The best way to answer this is to think about what you want.  Are you satisfied with claiming to be champion, but never seeing the reality of perseverence, or would you much rather truly earn your place in life?  Just remember that only you can answer this question and only you know what will actually fulfill your life.  If you don’t want to do something for yourself, but you’ll do it for others, how much satisfaction will that bring you?  How much of a lasting effect will that make?  Not much.  Bad things and good things happen to us all, but it’s how we deal with those moments that define us.  If you push to survive through it all for your personal growth, then there’s simply no stopping you.

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About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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