Nothing good is ever given to us easily. When we are on the verge of something, there is always a chance for failure as there is for success. In fact, most of the times, things never go perfectly as planned!
I often look back at the times I wasn’t doing too well at school. I moved countries and was finding it exceedingly difficult to catch up on all of the work I had missed. This was simply devastating for me because I had never seen myself going through this before, ever. I was always regarded as a great student.
The more I let myself feel the overwhelming anxiety of failure, the worse things seemed to get. But over time, the more I pushed myself to bounce back again, the more I saw how the whole world began to help me. My teachers helped me, my friends helped me, my parents helped and supported me. And it was like magic! I revere the words of Paulo Coelho when he writes in The Alchemist, “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it”.
However, I do think it is us who need to think big, trust ourselves, and dedicate our lives into achieving whatever it may be (keeping in mind that the world may not always support our dreams). What happens then is never in our hands, the universe may reward us with attainment or it may burden us with failure. In my riding lessons, I fall over and over before learning how to horse ride. Similarly, getting unexpected low grades was a nightmare for me. But I soon realised that I can get way past it. And in the end, I had been broken down, only to get back up stronger. What I tell myself now is: If I learnt from my defeat, I never really lost.
Speaking of The Alchemist, one of my dear readers Navya, who lives in India, made a magazine over the summer that explores and unravels the science behind many such books, and delves into how the world of literature has heaps to teach us. I found it exceptionally interesting, and am therefore honoured to share it here on WordPress. Let me know what you think, and I’ll pass on the thoughts!
https://linktr.ee/worldentwined : click on ‘Science and Literature’