|Today’s Blog Challenge: Write about good things that can come out of a bad situation. If you have an example from personal experience, please share!|
Several of the best events in my life have come out of bad situations. Certainly, some of my most memorable and proudest moments have.
A few days after my high school graduation, I was driving, rounding the bend of a freeway exit ramp to see a car flipping into the guard rail and bouncing back into the center of the road. Shocked, I slammed on the brakes, coming to a stop less than ten feet (three meters) from the other vehicle as it rocked, balanced on its crumpled top. I immediately called 911. I held the bloodied, shaking hand of the injured driver until police and firefighters arrived a few minutes later. The man made a point to remember my name and friended/messaged me on Facebook a couple of weeks later to let me know he was fine.
My first time lead climbing, I took a fall while clipping the rope into the second bolt. Luckily, my belayer was diligent and stopped my fall a foot from the ground. I literally set my feet down on the ground and stood up afterward. Still shaking, I immediately found the starting holds of the route again and began climbing. I’m glad I didn’t hesitate. As close as I came to serious injury, I may never have climbed again if I had.
In high school, I was my class valedictorian, so I was unaccustomed to bad grades. In my freshman year of college, however, I received a D+ in a difficult matrix algebra/linear transformations math class whose first exam consisted of nothing but proofs (something I had never been required to do in high school). I considered dropping the class but, in a bout of stubbornness, decided that I was going to keep at it and figure it out. I received the highest curve-breaking marks in the class on the two subsequent exams and ended with an A- in the class. After that, I always persevered through any difficulties in school, never dropping a class in either my undergraduate or grad student careers.
I know that these are minor relative the bad situations that many have gone through, but they were traumatic, in their own ways, for me. They have helped me have the confidence to handle adversity in my life over the years.