Similarly, a therapist once said to me, “Misery is a great motivator.”
And JK Rowling said, “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
Yep. There’s little more effective for lifting you out of misery than misery itself.
When things are so friggin’ awful that you can’t imagine them getting any more awful, doing things that were unimaginable suddenly seem imaginable.
Change is so difficult, you gotta really, really, really want it. Or have it forced on you. And when life sucks so bad that getting out of bed requires monumental effort, change is being forced on you. That kind of despair is powerful stuff—powerful enough to make you drag yourself up and stumble forward.*
Besides, sometimes thinking about things staying the same is scarier than thinking about them changing.