Willa Cather was a woman who knew a thing or two about struggle. She was one of the first women to graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and one of the first women authors to win the 1923 Pulitzer Prize for her novel set during World War I, One of Ours. It goes without saying that living and working in a world dominated by men while being a woman, especially when that world was the late 19th and early 20th century, was quite the challenge. But Willa valiantly overcame that challenge.
It’s funny how notable figures hold their struggles in such high regard after they’ve gone through hell to overcome them. They rarely speak as highly about their actual successes, which are always momentous in comparison to the struggle(s) they went through.
Why is that? Why is it that the challenge of adversity seems far more interesting than the glory of overcoming that adversity? Could it be that the invaluable lessons learned during the adversity add tremendously to one’s character? And that this addition is so tremendous that it outweighs the weight of the adversity itself? That’s one possible explanation. Or could it be that going through the test of adversity seems thrilling and exciting compared to the triumph of achieving success?
Let these questions float through your mind as you go through your own adversities. The person your adversity is molding you into is the person who will accept your success with a grain of salt, remembering that you can’t have the glory without the defeat.