5 surprising benefits of surviving a difficult childhood
What comes to your mind when you hear the word, ‘childhood’? An immense joy, a spark of nostalgia, happy moments when the world seemed just perfect? Well, that’s how childhood is portrayed or rather that’s how it’s supposed to be.
A tough childhood can be anything from the divorce of parents, to frequent changing of places, schools, long-term illness, abuse, or death of parents or siblings.
These situations apparently might seem to be extremely adverse for the development of a child but it’s also true that with every deluge, new fertile lands are formed.
There’s a good side to everything. Obviously, we cannot wish a difficult childhood for a child but if it happens, we cannot avoid it either. It’s all about understanding the positive aspects of life and make the best of whatever that comes.
Tough childhood makes one strong and surprisingly, these strengths make the child a better human being, who is capable of dealing with critical situations.
Here’s a list of the benefits below:
1. Gratefulness for your present situation
Have you heard of the story where a teacher asked her students to pluck the biggest corn from the field on the condition that once one moves away from the corn, they cannot come back to it? Remember what happened? The children went ongoing until the end of the field to find the biggest corn, ultimately ending up in front of the smallest.
Exactly this is what life is about and a tough childhood helps one understand it. If we keep on looking for the next big happiness, we will never get satisfied, we will never get peace because we are not content with ourselves, we are not content with the corn we have in front of us and we feel that there is bigger corn somewhere else.
2. Strength during a crisis
A tough childhood makes one strong. A child who has already gone through hardship knows ways to overcome them.
If poverty was a crisis, then the child will understand the value of money, growing up to a person who would never waste money or be a spendthrift. The person will know how to deal with bankruptcy if it ever happens and how to overcome the situation.
3. Flourishing of creativity and increase in focus
A child who has gone through a very tough childhood usually tends to be a loner. Long hours of spending time alone, escaping into an imaginary land, discovering oneself, honing one’s skills makes the child creative and also keeps them focused.
So, when the child grows up to be an adult, they know their skill-sets, they become creative people, they know how important it is to remain focused on something.
4. Development of instinct to judge a situation
Instinct is something that comes with experience. A child who has seen the worst of times understands which situation might lead to what. So, as an adult, they are well experienced when it comes to understanding a particular situation. They happen to be good observers and good decision-makers as well.
5. Empathetic nature
A child who has suffered a lot grows up to be an adult who is caring, understanding, and affectionate. Having gone through suffering, one can understand the pain and the circumstances that have caused it.
This also makes the person very helpful and in turn, the person becomes a strong support for others in need.
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