Tupac Shakur said;
Through every dark night, there's a bright day after that, So no matter how hard it gets, stick your chest out, Keep your head up, and handle it.
I believe these words alone should give us hope amid the struggle but unfortunately, we live in a world that resists pain and pursues pleasure, a world that refuses to notice the collateral beauty, even during the struggle.
Collateral Beauty is all about finding beauty, hope, recovery, and goodness in every moment in life, even the darkest moments.
When we undergo difficult moments in life, we are often tempted to shut ourselves off from the outside world. We tend to be angry, sad, or quiet, and we might not want to listen to what others want to say to us, just because we feel it won't be helpful. However, we are to see beyond our difficult moments and understand that whatever way we decide to tackle these moments affects us in one way or the other. There are a lot of people who have passed through similar moments of tragedy, but these people were able to overcome it just because they saw the brighter side amid their tragedy.
The bitter truth in life is that we will all undergo dark moments, whether it's the loss of a loved one, loss of a job, being diagnosed with an illness and unfortunately, the list goes on. While we hope we can move through these dark moments, we rarely do move pass them because the scars are always deeper than others but if we can focus on the brighter side, knowing that everything happens for a reason, only then can we be healed.
When the deadly coronavirus was at its peak, there was death, hunger, fear, anxiety, depression etcetera. However, amidst the chaos, the world slowed down enough for people to learn, love and live again. Many found themselves, many learnt how to be patience and many, learnt how to genuinely look out for each other. What more can be better than such a bright side??
Undeniably, we all have passed through one tragedy or the other in our journey through life but the way we see the world, the way our heart opens, and the way we relate to people after the tragedy makes the difference. How do you see your life and have you noticed the collateral beauty in it??