Thriving After the Storm Passes
When you’re in the middle of a vicious storm, survival is all you can think about. It’s only when the seas are calm and the clouds break that we learn what we’re really made of…
As Emily writes in her latest post, Storm Clouds and Strength:
“It’s amazing how much one could draw strength at times when it’s needed most. Early 2009 was definitely one of those times. What I can’t understand is how strength can come in many different forms; especially at times when it seems as if things are the bleakest…
So what or where did I draw strength from during my lowest point in my IF [infertility] journey? Good question. Those days I honestly don’t know how Iput one foot in front of the other. Because even though I tried my“best” to be successful in creating a family … well, we all know the end results. And how does one find strength from inside when the end result would never be 100% clear? Where the “consequences” of not being successful were just as, if not deeper and darker than the pain felt at the very beginning of the IF journey?
The short answer is that I don’t know. All I know is that, even though my IF journey ended with living child-free, I somehow managed to find a small glimmer of light, a slight silver lining around the edges of the storm clouds of infertility. And I managed to find some strength to find my way out of the darkness.
And I hope that any other IF-ers that read this knows that, even in its worse days, somehow that strength is buried deep inside; it’s just a matter of remembering to use it.”
Emily’s story contains a valuable lesson. Once it becomes clear we’ve survived a storm, we are in a position, once again, to thrive. Please feel free to share your stories.