The Struggle is Real: Algebra and Physics

To be honest I didn’t want to write this post today. My mom suggested I talk about the hard time I’ve been having with math but I was resistant.

Math is never fun for me to talk about nor think about, let alone do. But she challenged me to talk about it because I didn’t want to, and I accepted the challenge.

I’ve always enjoyed learning. From the time I can remember I’ve been devouring the written word and drinking in new knowledge. I learned to read fairly early and excelled in “right brain activities”.

But math has always been the shady spot in my academic horizon. I always believed I wasn’t good at it and I couldn’t understand it easily. My brain was wired for reading, writing and discussion. I couldn’t comprehend all the numbers and symbols that would float around in my head.

Or so I thought.

But my mom wouldn’t let me stay in this mentality. As my mother and my teacher she has pushed me to what I believed was past my limit as it relates to math. I’ve realized with her help that I am good at some aspects of math and that believe it or not I have good analytical skills.

I still don’t like math and I have actually prayed and asked God to take away the struggle of math and make it easy for me. But every time I am reminded of the apostle Paul and his “thorn” in this Scripture:

Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” ~2 Corinthians 12:8-10

I believe that my struggle with math will serve some higher purpose and that God will use this battle so I can someday help someone else, somehow.

Now, I am trying to understand Hooke’s Law and constants of proportionality. And it hurts my brain, I’d rather not do it, and I want to give up. But, I know that the perseverance that God is teaching me through this will benefit me in the long run.

Math may always be a struggle, but I don’t have to struggle alone.

Stay fly and persevere

~Akilah

What subject do you struggle with? How have you learned to deal with it?

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