Maggie Starke
Feb 29 2024

Embrace The Struggle

Maggie Starke

Oprah Winfrey once said, “Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.” As you go through life, you will encounter challenges. Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid the times of struggle. Your time in the blue jacket will include both victories and challenges. In high school, you will face both victories and challenges. Even in college and later in your career, you will face both victories and challenges.

It’s human nature to struggle. All of us will have moments in life where life just feels hard. How we overcome those challenges is what matters. Do we let a setback define the steps that we take forward? Or, do we overcome and persevere, emerging stronger on the other side? When we face a struggle, we have the power to determine what the outcome will look like. 

If I take a moment to look back and think of the struggles I have faced while wearing my blue jacket, the list is long. Still, I can think of how each experience made me stronger in some way, shape, or form. I think of how I learned to put the time in to memorize a speech before a contest, that sometimes you have to ask others for guidance and actually accept their help, and that no matter what you can’t give up. 

As you go through life, remember that you are not alone in your struggles. Others can help you overcome challenges. Ultimately, you get to make the decision on how those struggles affect your future. Finally, remember that you are stronger than you think. You’ve got this, no matter what. 

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