1. You learn who your true friends are. Acquaintances are there for you during your ups, but only genuine friends will stick by your side at your worst. Asking for help is difficult, but those closest to you will always be willing to give you a helping hand in your times of need.As for the people who distance themselves from you when you are struggling, they aren't your true friends, eliminate them!
2. You gain perspective. Things might get bad, they can get really, really bad. You may cry and scream and wonder why this is all happening to you. You will feel like it is the end of the world and you will never be happy ever again. It'll seem like you are in the midst of a never ending rain storm, one that soaks you down to your core. But then all of the sudden the clouds will disappear and the rain will cease, and the sun will shine brighter than you've ever seen it before. Things will look up again and you will gain a whole new perspective on your life. Without the storm, you would never realize how beautiful the sun is.
3. You will become stronger. It takes a lot of strength and willpower to pull yourself out of a deep rut. Even though it will take a lot of effort, once you've swam up from rock bottom you will be stronger than you ever were before. It's not easy, it will be a long uphill battle, but the outcome is worth it.
4. You can now help others. Even though you went through hell, now you've gained insight that you can share with other people. Use your past troubles in order to help your friends and family through their tough times. What is life without giving back? Experiencing rock bottom makes you wiser, and you can give your advice to those who need it.
5. You learn everything will be okay. So you lost yourself for a while, so you cried, so you felt lost, you're still alive. You'll realize things will get shitty, but no matter what you'll make it out. In the middle of the chaos you will think nothing will be the same ever again, but when it's all over you can say that you're going to be okay. As the age old saying goes, "everything will be okay in the end, and if it's not okay, it's not the end."
So next time you feel like you've hit rock bottom, just remember that it's not as bad as you think. All of these lessons and more can come out of the toughest moments in life. When you're feeling as though there's no hope, just remember, things can only go up from here.
What do you learn from hitting rock bottom?