Courage In The Face Of Adversity
Forgive me if this is written poorly or rushed, but I feel something must be said to “rally the troops”. The last 24 hours have been challenging at best, horrific at worst. To be perfectly honest, I can’t even look at my Twitter feed or telegram right now, seeing people who I consider close friends now being punished. However, when despair and anguish are plentiful, we grow as people the most.
In this article, I will briefly go through times in my short life when I have faced adversity, and the lessons that I have learned along the way. I am sure some of these will be incredibly relatable, and I hope this reminds you of how far you have come yourself when life gets challenging. I have no idea if this will be helpful for you, but it has been for me so I hope you can get something from it.
As someone who is 20 years old, it might come as a surprise to some of you that my dad is approaching 70 soon. Throughout his life, he has battled various health issues, culminating in a cancer diagnosis nearly 6 years ago. Cancer is something that affects so many, and so I deeply empathise with those of you reading this that have experienced similar experiences. I still remember vividly sitting with my dad as he explained the diagnosis, and attempting to be present at school in the following weeks. It needn’t be said that this was difficult.
Yet reflecting back, one thing became incredibly obvious to me, and this is a valuable lesson I consider almost daily: The importance of family and friendship. While money comes and goes, the people you enjoy your time with will always remain. The memories you create, the laughter you share, the embraces you hold… All of these are things to cherish and savour, much more so than anything money can buy. The underlying message is simple here — spend time with your loved ones right now. Call a friend, go for a drink, honestly do anything that isn’t staring at a screen. You need reminding that you are loved and valued and that this is the essence of living, not numbers on a screen.
2 years ago, my best friend was killed in a car crash at 18 years of age. If this reads in a shocking tone, it was meant to. This was truly my lowest point in life, and looking back on the person I was in the days after is worrying. Again, I’m sure the vast majority of you have experienced loss and suffering, please reflect on how far you have come since then and the person you have developed into.
I am a strong believer in “what is meant to be, will be” and remind myself of this frequently. Going through those dark times is what has made me the person I am today: Tough times create tough people. There will always be obstacles and challenges that arise in life, often out of the blue. How you react to these, and take them in your stride determines how successful and fulfilled you will be. Try not to wallow in self-pity, rise up and fulfil your potential. Underlying message? Shit happens. There’s no telling when it will, you just know it's inevitable. Reacting to these changes as positive as possible will shape the king/queen you become.
Low and behold, I find myself in a position again where life throws an obstacle my way without warning. Who would’ve thought, right? I won’t go into details, because honestly some of you have gotten fucked over much more than myself, but what I will say is this: The market provides infinite opportunities for success. The skills you have learned, and the mistakes you have now made, set you up to be powerhouses in the coming years. This market is both bountiful and ruthless, and only some will get away unscathed. How many people came into crypto this bull-run and left unscathed? Likely the minority. How many people stayed in crypto after being railed post-2017, and are now wealthy? Likely the majority.
This is a ramble, and so I hope this is actually some meaning behind what I have said. But the point I am trying to make is this: Courage in the face of adversity makes you the person you are today. “Sometimes you need to be sat down, to get back up”. You would not be here today if not for the unforeseen circumstances you have already experienced. I am not a quitter, and I am certain I will use this loss to me advantage, with more strive than ever to get my head down and focus. I hope you will all join me.