Power of Place

The Power of Hard Times


What a little bit of failure can teach you

”You're going to go through tough times - that's life. But I say, 'Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.’ See the positive in negative events.” - Joel Osteen

No good trail does not have some rocks along the way. I’ve learned about the importance of hardships over the past few years, after my dog, Izzy, developed a brain tumor and had to have multiple surgeries. You never really know how much you treasure something until it’s a risk. It all started one summer night two years ago, it was just like any other. I was woken up, startled by a shrieking coming from down the hallway, Izzy was sprawled on the floor, arms up and swinging. She clearly had no control over her mind and body. It turned out that wasn’t even the only seizure she had that night, she had had one earlier too. My mom rushed her to the animal hospital where they immediately did hundreds of tests to determine what was causing it. It was a golf ball sized tumor behind her right eye that was pushing on the motor part of her brain and causing seizures. She was put on medication to stop the seizures, but there was a much bigger problem at hand. She needed to have the surgery in just a few weeks if there was even a chance offer surviving. I was heart broken, everything had gone from completely fine to awful, and she was deteriorating faster and faster. The surgery had a 50/50 chance of her going blind and never being the same, everyone in our family said our final goodbyes before she was taken to the animal hospital for the surgery. It ended up going amazingly, everything that could’ve gone right did. I had never felt so much love for Izzy and so much appreciation for being an amazing dog. Hardships are important because they show you what is really important when all else fails. Hardships can teach a lesson that would never be shown if everything went well. Without a few waves a boat would never get to shore