Thank Your Obstacles

By: Amaranthia Gittens-Jones, Guest Blogger

“Great character is forged through hardships.” -Eiji Yoshikawa (1892 – 1962)

People always thank their triumphs, but seldom thank their obstacles. If we didn't have obstacles, we wouldn't learn lessons that could propel us forward. One of my favorite quotes is something along the lines of “when you run into an obstacle, think of yourself as a bow and arrow. In order for the arrow to hit its target, it has to be pulled backwards so it can be shot in its goal." To reach an aspiration, you might be held back, but eventually you'll get to where you want to be if you keep trying.

Always push through obstacles by remaining optimistic. Having a cynical outlook won't get you anywhere. Constantly putting yourself down and letting negative voices fill your head decreases your self-esteem. Be self-assured while confronting obstacles. Stand strong and keep pushing at walls until they crumble.

I was diagnosed with an auto-immune condition in 2013 after seven years of bullying. Teachers at school would scarcely do anything to resolve it. I tried to construct an anti-bullying campaign, but teachers and students rejected it. I left school for good, a week early in June 2013, after becoming ill and stressed. In August 2013 I tested positive with an auto-immune condition and further tests were planned to clarify a number of other health issues. My health issues were directly linked to seven years of trauma from bullying. I worked hard to take charge of my health with the support of parents and doctors.


Live In Positive, by Amaranthia Gittens-Jones

Today I'm thankful for my illness because it helped me escape from a place of suffering. I’ve become content with my life. I’m now homeschooled and getting better daily. My online teachers are supportive and understanding. No longer exposed to bullying, I can focus on my goals, my well being, and my family.

Now that I’ve broken through these obstacles, my health has improved, and I’m free of an auto-immune disease. Even though I’m free of an auto-immune, I have an illness called adrenal fatigue, which causes drowsiness and a scarcity of the hormone cortisol. It may be tough, but I’ll fight this new obstacle with the new-found confidence I have. I've learned from this experience that you can get through even the toughest obstacles. It's helped me to become a stronger person. Now that it' a new year, I'm prepared to stand my ground as new obstacles come my way.

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About Amaranthia

Amaranthia_photo.jpgAmaranthia Sepia Gittens-Jones is 15 years old. She aspires to be a Mangaka (manga artist) and graphic artist. In the future, her goal is to finish her graphic novel/fantasy novel ‘Whimsy’ by the end of high school and become a successful writer and artist.UK Gallery:



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