Paradoxical Achievements

Sometimes you have to know pain to understand how to heal it.

Sometimes you have to descend to the depths of despair to ascend to the heights of happiness.

Sometimes you have to be at the end of your rope to achieve the strength to climb right back up it to the top.

Sometimes you have to lose to win.

Sometimes one door has to close before another one opens.

Sometimes you have to suffer before you are ready to take a risk.

And sometimes the journey isn’t easy

But if your heart is in it and you’re following your heart

It is almost always worth it.

By Sarah Downing

My name is Sarah. I was born and grew up in England and currently live in Düsseldorf, Germany, with my fiancé Corey and my cuddly cat Biscuit. I work as a translator and writer for my own company Aardwolf Text Services ( and I love vintage clothes and music, as well as singing karaoke.

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