FeelGooder Asks: What Have You Overcome?

Why is it that surmounting challenges—even those we don’t realize are challenges when we first meet them—is so difficult? The advantage is that sense of accomplishment when we’re done. No matter what the outcome, at least we gave it a shot.

Sometimes, though, we find we’ve mysteriously overcome a challenge that we’d given up ever solving…

What have you overcome recently?

For me, the answer to this question is: family misunderstanding. I’m not talking about one big misunderstanding, but the general feeling of bewilderment that many of us have about at least some family members. You know what I’m talking about: that sense that Aunty Beryl must actually have come from another planet, or that your brother is operating on a completely different level from you.

I think this sense of otherness can be particularly strong within families, precisely because, with a shared history, we feel that these people, at least, should be comprehensible to us—and vice versa. Perhaps it’s for that very reason that their behavior often seems so inexplicable.

Recently I’ve started to overcome that feeling within some elements of my own family. I think this has had to do with that family growing. The new child has given us a new perspective and added to the family as a whole in some subtle (as well as the not-so-subtle!) ways. Suddenly, other family members’ behavior has become more explicable. And perhaps mine has too.

This was a “problem” I had long since given up “solving.” It’s funny how sometimes life will solve something for us, without our even trying, don’t you think?

What about you? What have you overcome recently? I’d love to hear your story in the comments.

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Georgina is a professional writer and editor, and Content Manager for FeelGooder.


  1. Hi Georgina,
    Life’s problems always work themselves out in the process of life. Our biggest challenge in life is to keep our mental/spiritual side positive and balanced.

  2. I guess there’s a couple of ways of looking at this. There’s the stuff in our heads that somehow stops us from doing something and then there are the bigger obstacles that life throws at us. On the first I finally repaired an old road bike after 10 years. It was eventually triggered because I got fed-up of going slow on my heavy mountain bike and seeing less fit people whiz past me. On the second front nearly a year ago I switched from drugs to insulin for diabetes. Initially scary (4 injections a day) it took a while to adjust but now I’ve greater flexibility with diet, improved blood glucose levels and no drug side effects. Some times we have a choice but othertimes we don’t. Either way we all have more ability to overcome than we might think.

    • Hey Peter, thanks for sharing your stories 🙂 They’re both inspiring.

      With your bike, it’s amazing how the stuff we put off, which usually seems smaller or less important than other challenges we’re dealing with, can end up making a big difference when we finally make the decision to act 🙂

  3. dont think i’ve completely overcome… but overcoming a tiger mum upbringing!

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