The importance of resilience in the face of adversity

By Sarah-Grace Battles, Editor-in-Chief—

You have to learn how to lose. As someone on the Echo staff likes to say, “sometimes, you just have to take the L” and I think that this is a lesson that applies to the life that we live every day and one we could all stand to be reminded of.

Regardless of who you are, what your history is, what your opinions and beliefs are or where you live, we all lose. Every single one of us.

Whether it’s not getting offered the job you want, not doing as well as you had hoped to on a test, a failed relationship, a flat tire, your favorite sports team losing or spilling your coffee, we all know what it feels like to lose.

But it’s not how many times you lose or what you lose that matters, it’s how you respond to that loss.

It’s how to respond to that loss that builds character and it’s how you respond to that loss that defines who you are as a human being.

Being resilient to adversity in times that are uncertain, times that scary and times that when we are in the thick of them, we wish weren’t happening, is one of the most important life lessons we can learn.

You can be upset or sad or angry or frustrated and you are 100% entitled to those feelings, but then you have to reevaluate the situation in which you lost, think about how you can do better, how you can learn from it, dust yourself off and push forward. Losing exposes weakness and places where improvement is the most needed.

You push forward even when it’s hard because that’s how you make a difference and that’s how things get better.

The people who cause the most change are those who push through the hardest times and in my opinion, do so respectfully and consciously of those around them.

We need to push forward, do the best we can and come together because we are much stronger together.

Sarah-Grace Battles

Sarah-Grace Battles


Sarah-Grace is a Communication major with a double minor in Political Science and Women’s Studies. She hopes to attend law school after she graduates. When she’s not cheering for Alabama football, she loves to read, be outdoors, try new restaurants and be with her family and friends.

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