How Hitting Rock Bottom Can Help You Rise To The Top

How Hitting Rock Bottom Can Help You Rise To The Top ©iStock/kaisersosa67

If you’ve made a major mistake that you think has ruined your life — and let’s be honest, who hasn’t? — then you need to think again. Sometimes messing up your life in the worst possible way is what you need in order to pave the way to make it better. After all, the best way to learn more about life and about yourself is to be stuck in a rough situation, right?

  1. You’ll learn from your mistakes. If you made a move that cost you your job or your relationship, you’re never going to make that mistake again. Once is more than enough. That means that you won’t have to worry about going through a similar situation in the future, because you’ll never let history repeat itself.
  2. You’ll appreciate your life more. You don’t appreciate having warm blankets and cocoa until you’re stuck in an apartment without heating. It’s strange, but the less you have, the more you appreciate what you have.
  3. There’s no where to go but up. If you’ve lost everything you’ve ever cared about, then you don’t have anything left to lose. That means that things are bound to get better, even if that only happens a little bit at a time.
  4. You’ll see who’s really there for you. If your closest friends flee whenever you try to talk to them, because they’re worried you’ll ask for money or a place to stay, then you know where they stand. Once you come out of your slump, at least you’ll know who your real friends are.
  5. You’ll realize how strong you are. Your worst times can bring out your best qualities. When your life goes downhill, you get to see just how much stress you can handle. You’ll see yourself in a whole new light, because you’ll realize that you’re stronger than you ever thought you were.
  6. You’ll figure out what you want the most. Which part of your life do you regret messing up the most? The things that you spend all of your nights thinking about are the things that matter the most to you.
  7. Your creative side will thrive. Maybe you like to make music. Maybe you like to paint. Maybe you like to write. No matter what your craft is, it’ll thrive when you’re stuck in a rough situation. Pain will bring out the artist in you.
  8. It’ll make you a better person. If you’ve lost all of your friends, you’ll be nicer to others in the future to gain friends. If you’ve lost your job, you’ll be a better worker in the future to avoid getting fired again. The desire to succeed will make you a better person all around.
  9. It’ll make you realize you’re not indestructible. Unfortunately, bad things can and will happen to you. It’s better for you to learn that early on, so that you don’t act like you’re free to do as you wish without repercussions. Actions have consequences.
  10. It’ll give you motivation. When you’re comfortable with your life, you won’t have any motivation to change. But when your life goes downhill, you’ll know that it’s necessary to fix your situation, which means you’ll push yourself to do the things that you’ve always wanted to do. A crummy life is the best motivator.
Holly Riordan is a writer from Long Island, New York who has authored several science fiction and horror books. A graduate of Stony Brook University, she has spent nearly a decade writing for publications including Thought Catalog, Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, and more. You can find her on Instagram @hollyrio and Twitter @hollyyrio.