My Current Struggles

We’re all struggling through life. The truth is, not one person out there has it all figured out; Some people are just better at hiding it than others.

That’s why Struggling through it was created: to build a space where we share our challenges and declare our determination to find a way through them.

struggle [ struhguhl ]

to contend resolutely with a task, problem, etc.; strive: to struggle for existence.

The word struggle is a verb that communicates effort, intention, power, and force. A verb form which ends in -ing shows the actor is in the process of the action at the moment. For example, at the moment, you are reading this blog post.

Struggling is battling something right now, and through it shows forward momentum.

Whatever we’re struggling through, our desire is to forge ahead and build momentum so that we overcome the obstacles between us and our goals. We’re not giving up. We’re not idle and apathetic. We are determined and active.

Notice the emphasis is on movement, on putting forth effort, on battling to make progress. It’s deliberately grappling to reconcile where we are now with where we want to be. In the end, our reward is the growth that accompanies discovery what lies on the other side of struggle.

My current list of struggles are as follows, in totally random order:

  1. I’m struggling not to pee my pants every day. Literally. Every. Day.
  2. I’m struggling to write a book that works.
  3. I’m struggling to compromise with my long-term boyfriend as we begin living together.
  4. I’m struggling to walk longer than 30 minutes without tripping and falling.
  5. I’m struggling to figure out how to start my own business as a freelance writer and editor.
  6. I’m struggling to understand where a unified American identity has gone.

This list could go on forever, but the goal isn’t to air all of my problems. It’s to choose which battles are worth fighting for.

Right now, I’m identifying these five as worthy of my mental and physical energy. I’m going to write about each struggle I’m facing, the actions I’m taking to work through them, and what I’m learning in the process. Hopefully you can find a nugget of value in my struggles that applies to, or is relatable in, your own life.

Are you currently struggling with similar challenges? Do you have something completely different you’re trying to get through? Be sure to comment below. Let’s get the conversation started!


The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! Struggling Through It is my latest attempt to make a positive contribution to the world. My intention for this space is to create a community where we have conversations about being proactive in our struggles to figure out how to get the most out of life. This is NOT a place where negativity is encouraged. Instead, this is a place to:

  1. acknowledge a struggle you’re currently wrestling with
  2. explain what about a particular struggle makes it most challenging
  3. describe how you plan to move ahead through it
  4. take action on your plan
  5. reassess or pivot from the plan when necessary
  6. share what has and hasn’t worked
  7. support others by sharing resources or words of encouragement

The goal of this blog is to promote the positive value of a commonly unpleasant emotion: struggle. As we share our struggles with others, we’ll feel less alone and more connected. And hopefully, our shared efforts to struggle through challenges will encourage and motivate us to keep on going.