A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.
I enjoy reading biographies and hearing about individual lives. Each story is different though the same themes run through each of them. Many people have succeeded in spite of early adversity, or is it because of early adversity they have succeeded? I have noticed that when we humans have it too easy growing up, we often unwittingly create our own adversity. From there we can avoid living or else eventually take on the challenge of living. We can give up or grow up. We can sink or swim. Learning how to cope is invaluable, and we cannot do it without successfully making our way through our tough times. One way or another, it is important to develop the strength and skill needed to navigate through life’s rough waters.