Difficulties will be an ever-present reality in human existence. Because it exists as a reality of life, even the most fictional stories become more realistic by the mere presence of conflict (difficulties)within the said story.
I have once heard that it is not necessarily the kind of difficulty one faces in life which say a lot about him, but rather how he faces these difficulties— it also includes how he accepts the difficulties he could not solve but chooses get up and continue facing new ones.
Thus, in the face of all these difficulties, the choices one makes change the path of the person’s life completely. Once he chooses, there is no way to go back to the moment he was about to choose. On the other hand, he may have chosen, learned from this choice, and make another choice to correct the choice he had previously made. And before one knows it, he has found himself walking upon the confusing path of life— seeing that his own path turns here and there, converges with others’ paths, but in the end it remains distinctively his own.
But it comes to a point that after several times of trying, the person realizes— perhaps through an epiphany moment— that a certain choice he has made had been an error from the very start. It may have taken months, years, before he had realized that this was not the path he was hoping to walk on. He finds his path converging with another path which leads him further away from where he wanted to go or worse— simply nowhere in particular.
It is at this point that the person would have to decide which way his path should go. Personal standards versus the other standards present around him, and all-in-all with the standards of the very society he finds himself in. And there will always be the objective standards which inevitably secure our very existence.
But there are also persons who decide not to give up, and soon find the massive wall which divides standards and sanity. When they decide to climb over the wall, they encounter the breaking point.
The breaking point is that state wherein the individual’s personal standards had been overcome to a certain extent that he realizes that there would have been so much more opportunity had he not decided to risk this much. The breaking point, is not a break-down point, there is a distinction between the two. At the breaking point, he does not necessarily find himself at a complete loss. Quite contrary, he finds himself spirited and perhaps more inspired to find and maybe even make for himself a new path to walk upon. But almost at the same time, he also may feel that he is about to lose a number of things which he had held dearly close to himself.
At the breaking point, the individual discovers that when he says, “I can.” there is no one else who can convince him otherwise. And that’s enough.
The breaking point is close to insanity, in fact, it dangerously plays along the edge of insanity’s cliff. It is focused on simply finding that new, alternate path. It hinges upon the memories of the past paths treaded on, and imagines future paths which may not necessarily be realistic. At the breaking point, the individual finds himself alone, and it seems that no one may understand him. At the same time, the individual wants to share so much of the experience that he is left to silence.
The breaking point opens new paths, only if the individual is willing to take them. The success of these new paths are not assured, but for the individual, they are sufficient. As to whether the breaking point is beneficial for humans, only those who have gone through it can answer… and perhaps not all of them will have the same answers.