Fears, hurts, regrets, even loved ones can tend to paralyze us within the struggle. We feel so terrible we may believe we cannot continue. Keep GOING!!! Trust that the phrase "rise above it" is real, good and True. If we but have the faith in ourselves to take one more step (and perhaps another and another), we most likely find ourselves within that better space ... a reality far better than what we thought was "good" prior to the struggle/challenge!
I believe that is part of why the struggle/challenge/opportunity has presented itself in the first place ... to shift us to another time line, reality, resonance! Sometimes this means seeing/accepting "what is not serving us" rather than always waiting for "what could potentially be". This can also involve letting go of people we care about. Let go with love and forgiveness ... not only toward the "other" but also for yourself! You know what? Other special people will show up to love and support you!
Just as surely as our path is not always straight (and, I daresay, it is not intended to be), I am appreciating that sometimes you actually have to go seemingly downward when you are actually going onward and upward.
When it feels as if life is pushing you back ... don't retreat, push on ahead ... Stand TALL. Look at the fears and other lower-vibratory feelings that are holding you in the unpleasantness. Are they serving you? Life can get a little messy sometimes, but it's okay to get a little muddy ... it all comes off in the wash! Shake it off to the best of your ability or reach out to others for support. Move forward trusting that this is where you are being guided to go!