We have all heard the expression “for every dark cloud, there’s a silver lining.” Sure, we get tired of hearing it from parents, teachers, older siblings, etc. but it still holds true whenever life is not so kind to us. The challenge for so many people is to find that silver lining. I have come to find out that although it may be difficult to find sometimes, it is there.
I was recently let go from a job that was a huge benefit to me and my family, considering the price of a college education these days. Needless to say, it was a huge hit to my self-confidence, personal health and my wallet. The stress of the situation was enough to become a huge roadblock in my life as a college student and I was left to get back on my feet in a matter of days.
My friends and family told me to “keep my head up” and to “stay strong”, but no matter how I tried to smile like everything was fine, I was nervous and stressed about the situation.
It was one night after talking to my best friend, that I found my silver lining. She told me to try to see the positive side of the situation and I realized then that I had not done that because I was too busy worrying.
When I sat down and really thought about it, I know now who my friends really are and how lucky I am to have them in times like this. They were there for me when my family really couldn’t be. I have been reaffirmed of what amazing parents and family I have to support me, even when I make bad choices.
With that in mind, I knew that I could get out of the mess I was in and that I would walk away from the experience knowing what I have and the knowledge to become a stronger person because of it.
If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, know that there is always going to be a way out of it. You can, believe it or not, gain something from a negative situation, whether it is tangible or not. It may not always be easy find that silver lining; it may take you a long time before you find it, but remember that it’s there.