It’s a long road ahead
Whatever your goal in life is, always remember that, for most of the time, there will be a long road ahead of you. You will need to climb a mountain and be engaged in a continuous uphill battle. But don’t let that fact discourage you. Keep on going. Remind yourself that nothing great happens overnight. You have to be patient. Great things take time. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
The unexpected turn
But you also need to remind yourself that, in the worst case scenario, there is a probability that you will not make it. It feels satisfying to see the hero/heroine in our favorite stories to finally make it in the end after all the struggles and hardships he/she faced. But the truth is, as much as we don’t want it to be, reality is not like that. Life is more complicated than that. Sometimes, even if you gave your best, you still fall short.
We need to accept this this truth and be acquainted with it. That is the only way that we can overcome it and get over it.
Sometimes, this is also a sign that maybe the thing that we wanted the most wasn’t just meant for us. Maybe we are better suited in a different playing field. Something that best suit our personality and personal attributes.
Know when to quit
But the question is, how will you know when is the right time to quit? The answer? Only you knows about that. Not me, not your siblings, not your parents nor your friends know about the answer. One thing I can suggest is to get acquainted with yourself. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Know what makes you tick. What are you deeply held values?
I believe that after this, you will get a clearer answer. But know that this is something that only you yourself can figure out. Others can and may help you but ultimately, just like any major decision in life, it all boils down to what you want yourself.
It’s okay to quit
You have to know that is okay to quit. And there are cases that quitting is actually the best and the wisest thing you could do for yourself. And just because you quit once, doesn’t mean that you will be a quitter for the rest of your life. Not all forms of quitting are the same. Some are are actually more beneficial than harmful. Especially if it involves our sanity and well-being.
The journey itself is worthwhile
Even if you will not make it in the end, the wisdom and experience that you will have gained along the way will make the whole journey worthwhile. They will not be put to waste. It will give you new insights and realizations. Things that you can use in your future endeavors.
So don’t be sad if things didn’t go your way because endings and failures are never really the end. For most of the time, they will lead you to something greater and something more fulfilling. Something that could only come to life because of the wisdom and experience that you have gained from your previous endeavor.
“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.”-Lao Tzu
You can quit, but never give up altogether
You can quit at times when you think it is the best thing to do – that is after thorough deliberation of the pros and cons of your decision. But what you shouldn’t do is give up altogether. In life, we have really no other option but to continue and move forward if we want to continue on living.
“Never, never, never give up.”-Winston Churchill
“Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”-Winston Churchill
“ Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”-Winston Churchill
If we will let setbacks and challenges hamper us, nothing will happen with our lives. We will be stuck in one corner and be wallowed in self-doubt. Thinking, and asking ourselves why such things happened and why it happened to us out of all people.
The thing is that there are some things in life that we don’t really know why they are the way that they are. Or why some things play out the way they do. These are things that are way beyond our control and that pondering over them may actually be a waste of time rather than a productive “session” of self-examination and introspection.
And as a conclusion, let me leave these words from Major Richard Winters, a legendary World War 2 veteran, which I believe, pretty much sums up the message of this entry:
“I have one message to all: hang tough. And I mean by saying hanging tough. Do your best everyday. Whether it’s in school or at your job or wherever you are. Do your best every day. You don’t have to know all the answers, no way. Don’t expect that of yourself. Just do your best. Satisfy yourself. So at the end of the day. You can look yourself in the mirror. After you’ve brushed your teeth. And say honestly to yourself. Today I did my best. And if you do that. You’re being honest and everything is going to be okay.”
Knowing and getting acquainted with yourself is one of the things that I want to advocate to you guys. This is something I want to help you guys with. If you are interested in this topic, stay tuned as I will expound more of it in the future entries of this blog. If you want, you can do so by following Fueled by Wisdom on social media. (Links are provided below this entry.)
Okay that’s it for now, thank you for reading this entry. I hope you got something of out of it. Something valuable. Something that you can apply in your own life. If you would like to add something that you feel would be of great help to the other readers. Feel free to do so by dropping a comment down below. I and (I presume) the other readers would love to hear from you. Again, thank you for reading this entry. Cheers! Till next time!😊👋
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