When I went to Army Basic Training- I knew they were going to break me down - then build me back up- like you see in all the movies.
I was all for it. I didn't like me all that much at the time. And they do break you down. They run you til you puke. You never sleep.
It's just generally exhausting and hard and all around unpleasant. Then you're all broke down. And you think- well - now, here's the part where they'll build me back up. Make me all I can be and all that. But - here's the kicker- they don't. They don't stop breaking you down. They just go right ahead, making things harder and harder.
Then- by like magic, YOU start to build yourself back up. You find that voice inside that says you can do this. You Will get through this. Then you do. You get through it. That's it.
They don't change you. They give you the adversity. You change, by getting through it. You find it inside yourself. I know it sounds cheesy. Even cliche. But it surprised the shit out of me.
Adversity- does actually make you stronger.
So- on the bright side-
WE are all about to get a hell of a lot stronger. That will be nice.