When Life Knocks You Down

Written by Allanah Hunt

Life is constantly evolving, swirling around and sometimes sideswiping us. We can feel dented and bruised but we carry on regardless.

But once in a while life knocks us off our feet. We find ourselves on the floor desperately looking around for something to hold on to. If we are fortunate, we have friends or family who can hold our hand whilst we are down. Their love and support can stop us falling into the abyss which threatens to swallow us whole.

Sometimes we choose to stay down for a while, unable to muster the strength to pull ourselves up. I have in my mind the picture of someone lying in the middle of the floor, there is furniture all around but it is out of reach. No matter how far they stretch out their hand, the means to pull themselves up is too far away. They can see it, but cannot find the strength to move towards it.

So what do you do when life knocks you?

Well, you can stay down or … you can treat it as a knock on the door.

“You decide whether you want to open the door or stay on the floor”

The floor is a small place where everything looks huge and insurmountable. To open the door you need to stand up no matter how difficult it may seem. Your friends and family can help you stand and hold your hand for a while but just like a baby taking it’s first steps at some point you need to walk alone. The first step is the hardest but once you take it you will find momentum builds and you can walk more freely.

You may not run in the same way as before and perhaps for a while you may walk with a limp. But if you stand you will discover a strength you never knew you had. A strength that will become the foundation of your life as you walk forward with faith in yourself and the power to create your life in any direction you choose.

Because in fact there is more than one door in front of you and each one has a new experience behind it. Imagine if you had X-ray vision and could see what was behind each door before you opened it – what would you like to see? Hold gently to this vision and open a door – whichever one feels right to you. Then walk through and know that even though you cannot see the entire journey, each step will take you closer to your vision because it’s your feet which are walking the path.

Your feet, your power, your choice.


About the author

Allanah Hunt

Allanah Hunt is an author and founder of Power And Freedom where she works to encourage people to reclaim their personal power and create a life of freedom and joy. Your past does not dictate your future unless you allow it to!

“It is only as you take responsibility for your life that you discover just how powerful you truly are” – Allanah Hunt