I'm not one for cheesy analogies. They make me cringe. But there is one I think about often.
Someone once explained progress (in any personal battle) to me like a constant uphill line with continuous loops. On each climb you feel you're making large amounts of growth, life tends to be more fun, light bulbs flicker and you think, "Oh, this is it. I finally understand." And oftentimes on the peak of the loop you begin to feel very confident. And why shouldn't you? You've climbed a long ways and seeing all the ground you've covered sometimes you believe you've "made it", you've "arrived". However, if your fight is big enough, hairy enough and has rooted deep enough or maybe it's simply because we are human, gravity pulls us back down and there we are, wondering how the devil we ended up at the "bottom". Breathe in, breathe out and remember you are not at rock bottom. The uphill we climbed took maybe days, weeks, months or years and certainly we learned so much. Certainly we will in some large or small way climb the next loop just a bit differently. Certainly when we fall, we'll land just a hair lighter. And certainly we'll slowly learn to turn that gravity into grace.✨✨✨
I'll draw a pic for ya on my story. If you're visual like me or have no idea what I'm talking about, it'll definitely help.