Turning Points

Throughout my life, there have been turning points. Events that changed my life. Events that changed me for the better. Now, not all events were life changing. There were plenty of times I felt like I was going sideways, not making any forward progress.

Looking back, I can clearly see that some of the most difficult times in my life were the catalyst for personal growth and positive change.

At one time, in my early 20's, I was homeless for a few days. I had a car, but it was too small to sleep in. I remember sleeping on the floor of an office building and being so cold laying on the floor.  I used newspapers to keep warm.  I could not sleep. I heard every noise. As I lay there, I prayed to myself:
"if I ever get through this, it will never happen again".  That situation was a turning point because it made me take a hard look at myself, my life, where I was going, it hardened my resolve to succeed.

Experiencing homelessness allowed me to feel vulnerable, alone, and in touch with my thoughts. When you only have yourself to talk to, you have no choice but to be brutally honest. The reward was a new view of myself and others.  It was one of the best experiences in terms of changing my life for the better.

All turning points involve a choice and a decision.  I have learned that making the safe choice, or the easy choice, sometimes is not the right decision. When you take a chance, a risk, put yourself out there, although it is scary as hell, that is when you gain the most.
Amantcul Amantcul
56-60, M
1 Response Jan 18, 2013

This story hits home with me. Some of the hardest times of my life have turned out to be some of the most cherished because I look back and know I will never go back there.