My whole life I have wanted to try hurdling. Many times I have thought, “I’m tall with long legs, I bet I could jump over them.” Then I pause, in fear, and decide to save it for another day.
What if I trip and fall? Could I make it over a smaller hurdle first? The questions always swirl in my mind.
This week I found myself thinking about the metaphorical hurdles of life. Sometimes it is the little ones that we know we can make it over. Other times, they are much bigger and can paralyze you in fear. Life can sometimes feel like you’re taking a pleasurable trip around the track, only to have a hurdle pop up in front of you.
So what do hurdles mean?
Hurdles, to me, are a funny part of life. I think they pop up to detour us on a new path. Sometimes they appear to challenge us to work harder. And other times it is us putting up the hurdles for ourselves or in an attempt to shut out other people.
The Universe is a funny thing though. When you’re experiencing a hurdle, it typically doesn’t take long to figure out which category you fall into. The ones that detour us onto our new paths skyrocket us into periods of change. They force us to make life changes that we may not have had the courage to make before.
When something seems impossible or unachievable, the hurdles challenge us to “think outside the box”, find new solutions and build us into a stronger, more resilient version of ourselves.
However, the hurdles that I find most interesting as of late are the ones we put up ourselves. The ones where we try to force our paths. A hurdle in an attempt to force somethings to remain constant and push the possibility of change away. Those are the most burdening hurdles of all.
A hurdle in an attempt to force somethings to remain constant and push the possibility of change away. Those are the most burdening hurdles of all.
Have you ever tried for something so hard, but no matter what you did you couldn’t change it? Is it a job you are absolutely fixated on keeping? Or could it be a relationship that has clearly taken its course, but you are determined to place blame and hang onto it?
What Doesn’t Kill Us…
Some may argue that sometimes this is the hurdle that is making us stronger, but how do we know the difference? How do we know when we are placing the hurdles ourselves and fighting the inevitable? I’d say it’s easy to listen to the gut, assess the successes/failures of your hurdle placement, and think about how you are feeling.
When the hurdles are taking a toll, it’s time to step back from the track. When it doesn’t matter how many hurdles you throw at a situation it just keeps coming, it’s a sign. Hurdles are inevitable in life; learn from them and don’t let them consume you.