Tuesday, May 14, 2013


In life we all face different things that could be classified as setbacks or reasons why we hold ourselves back.

Growing up I have had my fair share of these. Between being told I looked ridiculous when I ran by mean middle school boys, being cast as a Munchkin in the "Wizard of Oz" three times when in my eyes I was a leading lady, being told that I was not cut out for Honors English, getting wait listed at colleges and now being told that I can't run for 6 weeks due to my ankle never fully healing from my sprain.

Needless to say. We've all been there. However analyzing this list, I have to express my gratitude for each of these circumstances.

I looked ridiculous running? Now I can run a half marathon.

Not the leading lady? Great memories from each production I was a part of.

Not "cut out" for Honors English? About to graduate from a writing intensive graduate program within the next year.

Wait listed at my "dream" college? I would have never gone to George Mason University and have made the friendships I did there.

From looking at all these circumstances, I know that my setback from running will open some sort of door for me. Whether it be getting more into cycling, swimming or other forms of exercise, I know that out of this situation good will come. In addition, by going to physical therapy twice a week I know that I will be stronger than before!

We need to be thankful for setbacks because it is what grows us into stronger individuals. I firmly believe that. What are some setbacks you've faced and grown from?

And with that, I'll leave you with this:

Wasn't I the best looking munchkin you've ever seen?


  1. You certainly were the best! Make the most of your setbacks and let them fuel your future. AK

  2. good advice for me as a come out of a big surgery
    thanks for this.

    helps you reason that everything can have a silver lining.
    so glad you shared your blog on FB!