Resilience Is Key!

Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to THRIVE.” – Jamais Cascio

Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope” was not only a powerful Broadway musical about the experiences of African Americans at that time, but it has proven to be a relevant title for so many culturally diverse people today. How many adults and teenagers in your life find it hard to cope these days?

Many young people find it difficult to cope with making their own decisions and dealing with the daily pressures that follow them around in their heads. Do you find it easy or difficult to look on the ‘bright side’ of things or are you easily drawn to the ‘dark side’?

The misuse of drugs and alcohol, along with some cyber bullying and sexual experimentation can all be signs that you are trying to cope. You may be trying to understand just who you are and how you fit into a world full of so many distractions and oftentimes disappointment.

Your connection with your family, friends, and a counselor can help build up your resilience to deal with the world. In fact, your resilience is the key to a successful life of joy and fulfillment. When you are able to feel safe with the knowledge that you can create a positive community around you to refuel your mind and soul, you will overcome many of life’s disappointments and face life’s obstacles head on. You will know you have support and can therefore survive test of time..

It truly takes a village to raise a successful young adult.

So, how do you connect with your professors?

When do you make time to hang out and get to know your peers?

How many mentors are influencing you right now?

Are you sure you have a positive network of supportive people around you?

If your answer is ‘Yes’, ‘Congratulations!’ You are on your way to building a life of resilience AND personal acceptance. If your answer is ‘No’, take time this week to observe the social connections around you and ask yourself if it’s time to reconnect or detach from a relationship.

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