Adversity is important to me because it illuminates who I truly am by showing me what I am able and unable to do. Without a challenge I would be nowhere because without a challenge there is no learning.
Not that long ago, on Expedition Two to be exact, I was going to rappel quickly down a small drop off. As soon as I got to the top however, I thought fearfully “Oh God, please let me live!” I was challenged by life and had the urge to back off; however, I never back down from a challenge, whether from hard-headedness or determination, I don’t know. After I completed the descent and was at the bottom, I thought to myself, “Man, that was actually doggone fun,” and I did it again. Without the challenge, I probably would never have rappelled in my life.
Another time, again on Expedition Two, I needed to build a fire in the dark and rain. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to do it, but then I found some coals left over from the night before. It took a long while, doing all the stacking of twigs and blowing and stacking and blowing, (I’m pretty sure I hyperventilated at one point during all that.) but even though it was difficult, when the fire was burning, I learned that even in bad conditions I could overcome my doubts and accomplish something.
The point is that difficulties truly show a person his/her capabilities. A little difficulty here and there can be a healthy thing. If I didn’t have challenges to test me, I might think I knew everything. Hogwash! Without challenges I would never learn anything.