The birth of a child is a profound experience. Rollercoaster emotions, preparation, anticipation and sleepless nights are all part of the process. Finally, life becomes so miserable the expectant mother is ready to do whatever it takes just to be done! Then the doctor places the baby in it's mother's arms and suddenly it was all worth it.
Nothing can be compared to the creation of life. But, I have come to realize that the birth of something new has some similarities. For the last three years I have been working towards creating a business. And in that time I have faced intense challenges of every kind. I have definitely had a rollercoaster of emotions with everything from excitement to fear to complete frustration. Needless to say there have been plenty of sleepless nights!
But I feel in my heart that things are looking up! And so with that thought...I hope that in the good times, I never forget the hard times. Don't get me wrong, I'm not under some delusion that the hard times are over. But things do seem to be looking up for the moment, in a lot of ways.
There are two reasons I never want to forget the hard times. First, experiencing the hard somehow makes the good even better. I think that must be some sort of eternal law. The second is what brings the tears. I hope I never forget the hard times because I never want to forget all the people who helped me get through it. As I think over not just the past three years but throughout my life I have countless people to thank. Unfortunately I can never thank them enough. So, I guess the only thing I can do is try to do the same. If my business continues to grow, I hope to use it as a tool to help others, in their hard times. The feeling of helping someone else when you have experienced those same sleepless nights makes the sleepless nights worth it...