Sometimes the obstacles in your way aren’t your doing. Sometimes they are trials of chance, sometimes they are the result of someone else’ actions, and sometimes you’re just born with them.
S’chn T’gai Spock has faced all these kinds of trials. The first officer of Captain Kirk on the U.S.S. Enterprise, Spock was forced to face many obstacles. Whether it was landing on a hostile planet or being attacked by Klingons, Spock and the rest of the crew of the Enterprise always came out on top.
But the most consistent obstacle Spock faced throughout his life was that of his birth.
Spock was born to the Vulcan Ambassador to Earth, Sarek, and a human named Amanda Grayson. Spock was born half-vulcan, half-human and this resulted in a lot of prejudice from the other Vulcans, among whom he was raised. In addition to bullying from his peers, Spock had to overcome the view of the Vulcan Elders that he was inferior because of his human heritage.
Even after he left the planet Vulcan and joined Starfleet, this was still an obstacle to Spock. He had a difficult relationship with his father, Sarek, and he had a hard time compromising between his two halves. Vulcan’s value knowledge and reject all emotions, whereas humans place great importance on one’s emotions, and deciding which half of himself to follow in any given situation was truly difficult.
Through his friendship with Jim Kirk, Spock was able to overcome his trials. He grew as a person and figured out who he was and what he believed – beyond just ‘this is what my culture tells me’.
Spock went on to do great things, and eventually even became an Ambassador like his father.
No matter what our trials are, or how long we have to face them, they can all be overcome. Our trials are not our limits. Our trials are what push us past them.