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The toothache story or how certain challenges fuel resilience

Wed, Apr 4, 2018 | Read in 2 minutes

I woke up today with an aching tooth.

It sucked.

It sucked so much that I had to get up to try to relieve it by brushing my teeth. I normally don’t get up immediately as I wake up in the morning. I usually either sleep in or toss and turn for a while.

But today was different.

It was like my tooth was threatening me that if I didn’t get up and do something about it, it will continue to hurt more.

It was downright irritating.

So I got up and brushed my teeth. To be fair, I also brushed my teeth the night before. So I don’t know why it was aching like hell this morning. Maybe it was because of the hot choco I drank before going to sleep. Or maybe it’s simply because I’m pregnant and most of the calcium supply in my body is going towards my baby.

In any case, when your tooth is aching so hard, you will not care why. Right?

After I brushed my teeth, I realized I could do so much more in the morning than go back to sleep. I still didn’t take the prescribed pain reliever because I was so stubborn about not having to rely on pharmaceuticals for my health. So I went on and did some chores.

And then, suddenly, it hit me: challenges fuel resilience.

I wasn’t planning on getting up earlier today to do the dishes or cook breakfast or fold clothes. My toothache made me do it. Seriously.

If there were no challenges to be faced in life (like lack of money or having a new baby), how will we ever know how to face these life stages and how will we ever be strong enough to keep facing them as they come?

If anything, setbacks help us become better people. These things that we think are annoyances in our lives actually create opportunities for us to grow and develop as human beings. They provide us with all the more reason to keep going, to keep pushing, and to keep living despite the circumstances we’re in.

Yes, my friend. A toothache reminded me of such a phenomenon this morning. And I’m thankful for it! 😉

Thanks for reading! I also blog everyday for this month (April 2018). You can check it out if you want on Elaine Aquino.