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The Need to Reflect on Life Challenges: Gaining Perspective and Growth

So here I am standing on the top of the mountain in a cow shit after running an hour up thinking that I am late to a client because I got wrong the address. I thought I will get a heart attack it was a first, and second I had a total meltdown. I rechecked my GPS again and again, my phone was dying, and I was in the middle of nowhere in the area I did not know.


I got myself crying while dragging my whole equipment on my back, trying to ask for help from a local farmer to confirm where I am. All tiered up and I needed to refocus, reflect and go back the same route I went up. After another 40 min, I was at the client. I washed a bit my shoes, got my smile back on my face and worked for the rest of evening as photographer. No doubts, when I was done - I was soooooooo done. Exhausted.

But the point is life is an intricate journey filled with numerous challenges, obstacles, and triumphs. My triumph was: the client liked so much my photos and me so I got another 5 days of work with him.


It is easy to get caught up in the daily hustle and bustle, often neglecting the importance of pausing and reflecting on our experiences. However, taking the time to reflect on life's challenges or days like that is essential for personal growth, gaining perspective, and fostering a deeper understanding of ourselves.


Gaining Perspective: Reflecting on life challenges allows us to gain valuable perspective. It helps us step back from the chaos of our daily lives and view situations from a wider lens. Through reflection, we can examine our actions, decisions, and consequences, enabling us to gain a deeper understanding of why certain challenges occurred and how we can approach them differently in the future.


Example, even though I preplanned the coming earlier to a client and checked address before - the moment my phone started messing up the correct address I trusted equipment and not my gut that I actually was right and simply needed to go to spot I had first in mind. BUT I panicked and rushed. Simple 10 min without panicking would save me 2hours, nerves and dignity :D


Learning from Mistakes: Challenges often come hand in hand with mistakes and setbacks. Reflecting on these moments provides an opportunity to learn from them. By analyzing the root causes of our failures, we can identify patterns, recognize our shortcomings, and make necessary adjustments. Such introspection allows us to develop resilience, and avoid repeating the same mistakes in the future. Well hopefully ... cause I can't afford to do such mistakes haha


Appreciating Achievements: While reflection often focuses on challenges, it is equally important to reflect on our achievements. Taking the time to acknowledge and celebrate our successes helps to boost self-confidence and motivation. By reflecting on the obstacles we have overcome and the milestones we have achieved, we gain a sense of accomplishment, reminding ourselves of our ability to face challenges head-on.


The moment I got rebooked for other five days, and was told that I am very positive person with whom is nice work with - my shitty shoes and breathless lungs were not as a priority emotion anymore.

Finding Meaning and Purpose: Reflecting on life challenges prompts us to search for meaning and purpose in our experiences. It encourages us to question our values, aspirations, and what truly matters to us. Through introspection, we can align our actions with our core beliefs, leading to a more fulfilled and purpose-driven life. Understanding the lessons learned from past challenges can guide us towards future endeavors that are more meaningful and aligned with our personal values.


In a world that often prioritizes productivity and immediate gratification, it is crucial to recognize the need for reflection on life challenges. By taking the time to pause, analyze, and learn from our experiences, we can gain valuable perspective, learn from our mistakes, and foster personal growth.


Reflection empowers us to appreciate our achievements, find meaning and purpose, and ultimately live more fulfilling lives. So, let us embrace the power of reflection and use it as a compass on our journey towards self-improvement and happiness.

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