One day in retrospect the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.

Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud, the renowned neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis, believed that our unconscious mind is as powerful as our conscious mind. It is often in life’s hardest times that we experience the most growth — though it may not feel like it to our conscious mind in the moment. Struggle can bring out hidden depths of tenacity and determination within us that may otherwise remain latent but are exactly what we need to cross the proverbial finish line. We may not look back fondly on those times of struggle, but through honest introspection, we can glean the beauty from them.