Some have such shockingly awful experiences, that it's difficult to comprehend how they could find the courage to reach the top of their own personal mountain.
Many others find that they remain frozen in the past, and they become trapped by their memories.
Story Musgrave is a former NASA astronaut who came from a dysfunctional family. He spent nights out in the forest alone at the age of only 3, and he became a high school dropout. From that background he felt so hopeless that he wrote to his family: "I am going to bring an end to this shifting, indifferent, no-interest, unconstructive, worthless, no-security, not-give-a-damn, miserable life that I have been living."
But he went on to not only become a medical doctor and a surgeon, but also a mathematician, chemist, biophysicist, physiologist, computer scientist, poet, artist and author. He flew 6 space missions, and logged 25 million miles.
For anybody to achieve just one of those skills would be highly admirable, but to master so many is incredible.
From an interview with Gabrielle Reilly, Musgrave shared: "So opposed to looking at all those things you know back then, and saying that was a massive dysfunctional catastrophe, and that is my excuse for not doing anything in life, that is a kind of victimization psychology that some people embrace, but I did just the opposite with it. I turned it into a positive. I turned it into thinking, by golly I am a survivor, I know how to swim in stuff like that, and not get it on me and go forward."
Can you look back at incidents from your past that have been very distressing, and decide that because you've come through the other side you've gained the strength to cope with anything?
It's an amazing way to be able to look at life, because it shows that you can grow from each test and challenge. If you'd never been tested you would have no reason to push yourself to achieve more. If life was easy you would just stay in bed, and not bother to try anything new.
Just read again the list of accomplishments that Story Musgrave attained:
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"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." ~ Helen Keller
"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars." ~ Khalil Gibran