Success is around the corner, they say. But not this corner.
In life, we all struggle to meet our goals. Whether it is at school, a job, an extra curricular activity, or even within our family. We all have dreams and goals, and we pray that one day we can achieve them. We all work hard to somehow round that corner to success.
I have yet to achieve my goals, but I have been struggling a lot for the past few years, and it is not easy. Each time I achieve some small goal, I get deceived into thinking that maybe I'll be getting my break here. That this is the corner that I will round and finally reach success. But I only round the corner to find emptiness. And then I start the journey all over again.
I'm sure I'm not the only one.
Most people I know are struggling to make their place in this world. I feel like my friends and I are at the age where we are taking firm steps to achieve our goals, and I'll be honest, it's really hard. Each person has his or her own story to tell, and each is also working towards making the story go on.
At times it feels like my goals are out of reach. I feel like I am not even worth the dreams you hope to achieve. It is easy be hurt when life cheats you and you meet people who discourage you. People who will laugh at you. People who will stop you. So many people out there will create problems for you. And sometimes life will just take you so far, far away from ever achieving you goal, but listen.
Listen to your heart and fight for those dreams. Don't you dare ever think those dreams aren't worth it, or you are not worth it. There is time. There is always time. Even as time flies at the speed of a hummingbird, there's always a way to grasp it. So grasp it. Even if you have one day left to live, live it to achieve your dreams.
Forget the voice that says that it may be too late to start now. Forget those people who try to pull you back. Success is around the corner. Turn as many corners as you can, run, sprint, fly to each corner. And even then when you feel like you've reached a that corner, continue moving forward and find all the other treasure boxes of success that await you. So many treasure chests await you with your name on them. Claim them!
Don't stop at one place. Continue moving forward. When it feels like one way isn't working, try another way. When there is an uncertainty on the path you take to achieve a goal, try one backup, two backups, three backups if you have to, and simultaneously! Don't let go of one path because you feel like it wont work. Start that path, and then start building another path for another way to reach the goal. For example, take the situation of applying to colleges. There's your dream college, and then there are all the other colleges. Your ultimate goal is to become a successful lawyer, but any college will do. You prefer your dream school, but that shouldn't be the only plan. Don't just apply to that college and forget about backups. Apply to as many as you can, so you can choose amongst your choices.
What's the point of living if you don't strive to achieve your goals?
But also don't forget that whether you achieve your goal or not is not what truly matters, but rather whether or not you try to achieve it. Remember, it's about the struggle. Although it may be very cheesy and weird to insert this here, Miley Cyrus's song "The Climb" has the best lyrics to explain what I mean:
"There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side
It's the climb"
The best outcome would be to achieve your goal, but the next big thing is knowing that you worked hard and tried your personal best to reach that goal. And if at the end you fail, accept it and work harder. Find other paths.
So, for those of you who feel like you are standing at the brink of a cliff, please try to understand what I'm saying. Where there is life, there is struggle. And you need to fight back. You'll get there or somewhere near one day.
Good luck with all your problems and I wish you all the best--may you all become successful, and if not successful, may you all find it in you to strive for the things that mean the most to you.