If I Can Do It, Then So Can You

if I can do it, then so can you

if I can do it, then so can you

We just need to believe.

There is no mountain too high, or no valley too low. There is no obstacle too great, or no feeling too little. Whatever you might be facing in life, you can overcome any challenge. How do I know? Because if I can do it, then so can you.

Every single day I am making it my goal to inch closer and closer to the person that I have always wanted to be. I am chasing my dreams, I am following my beliefs, and I am loving my life more by every passing second. Am I perfect? Absolutely not. But I am following the path that I want to create for myself.

I used to sit around a lot and admire the life of other people. Celebrities, professional athletes, heck, even random people that I walked past on the street who just seemed to look happy. I would ask myself why these people were so much different than me.

What equation were they using to find happiness and success in their life? How come their life was so much better than mine? Why were they able to achieve their dreams, but not me?

The truth is that those people that I was admiring, they aren’t better than me. They aren’t better than me, and they aren’t better than you. We are all the same, and we all have the same opportunity to create whatever future that we want to live. The people that I was admiring, they just believed in their dreams, and they executed on those dreams. That was the combination that brought them success.

It wasn’t until I started believing in my dreams and executing on them, that I started to find happiness and success in my own life. I have faced many obstacles in my life, and still do to this day. But once I started to believe in myself and actually pursue the things that I am actually passionate about, that is when I started becoming successful in my own life.

Now, when I say successful, I don’t mean having a lot of money or fame. I mean being happy with the life that I am living, and continuing to become a better person every single day. That is how I now envision success.

Every day is different, and every day brings new challenges. But I say bring it on. I know that I can and will achieve great things. And if I can do it, then so can you.

In my life, I have been diagnosed with depression. It has taken me to some dark places, but it has also taught me a lot about life itself. Depression has taught me that no matter how dark the times might be, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. It has taught me that my family and friends will be there for me no matter what. Guess what, if I can battle and defeat depression, then so can you.

I have suffered from an eating disorder. It has caused me to miss out on memories with family and friends, all because I was too scared to give up control. To be honest, there are still days where I do struggle with this. In fact, I struggle with this almost every day.

Today is a challenge, and tomorrow will be one as well. But it is a challenge that I am not going to give up on, and a challenge that I will overcome. So guess what, if I can fight an eating disorder and work to defeat it, then so can you.

I have also hated myself for the person that I was. No matter how skinny I was, no matter how fat I was, or no matter how athletic I was, I never felt good enough. But it was because I was listening to others instead of listening to myself. I listened to how others were making me feel, instead of listening to how I felt about myself.

Once I started listening to myself and focusing on my beliefs, that is when I found my true worth. I started to like the beautiful and unique Individual that I am, I started following my beliefs, and I started following my own path in life. Guess what, if I can learn to love my life and love myself, then so can you.

There is no telling what you can and can’t accomplish in life. Strive to be the best person that you can be. Believe in yourself and chase your dreams with everything that you have. You can create whatever life it is for yourself that you want to live. I mean, I am doing it… And trust me, if I can do it, then so can you.

Michael Bonnell

10/7/2018

 

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