the beauty is in the struggle.

The good thing about failure, is that there is only one way out of it: fighting and finding your way back to the top, to make it above water. Sure there's bumps and obstacles and distractions to keep you from staying afloat, but in order to even be able to tread - you have to go through this process.  The struggles, the doubts, the unanswered questions - are all part of the journey.  That's the beauty of it.  Being able to overcome these distractions, to allow yourself to have a clearer mind, allows your conscious to be free.

It took me a while to realize this.

In the past, I've always had a mindset that failure was not an option.  I had an all or nothing approach.  It wasn't until recently that I realized that this was the main reason why I always felt so much pressure when I wanted a specific outcome from what I was working on.  If I wasn't happy with the result, I'd automatically sink.  Sink into depression, more doubt, more uncertainty - and I'd lose focus on what I actually wanted in the first place.

It's tough to get out of that mindset, but once I allow myself to be okay with failure being a part of this journey, everything becomes that much clearer, and I'm able to breathe.