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Another Discover Challenge post because my last one went down really well with readers! Hopefully I’ll do these more often in the future! (pingback)


Obstacles can mean different things to different people. Google defines an obstacle as “a thing that blocks one’s way or prevents or hinders progress” – which I interpret not only as a physical blockage, but also a mental obstacle.

In my life, I feel that I am both lucky and unlucky that I have not been faced with a major obstacle that I had to work around. I feel lucky because to an extent, it must have made my life easier, even if I hadn’t acknowledged it. On the other hand, I feel unlucky about this situation too. I feel that when overcoming an obstacle, you learn things – whether that be about life, or simply the situation. Without an obstacle in my life, it could be seen that I have been denied a learning opportunity – and for someone who values knowledge as one of the world’s greatest assets, this is clearly less than ideal. Although, probability suggests that because I am only 16 years old, my obstacle will come later in life, at a time where I possess more knowledge.

Due to aforementioned reasons, I personally believe that obstacles are a positive thing that can happen to you, even if they’re completely tiny or massive. I try to adopt the view that everything can be learnt from, and obstacles are a major part of that. Take a minute to think about what obstacles have faced you, and how you overcame them. What did you learn? How did it change you or your perspective?