The Road To Self Discovery

The road to self discovery…

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Xenophobic, shy, aloof; there are times when I simple put everything away and wonder what am I doing here. What is the purpose of my life? I take a step back to get a better picture of my world. Reevaluating my life in such a manner helps me understand where I went wrong, what I did right, and where I lost my way. It helps determine where I stand, where I should be, and how I will get there. Most importantly, every time I practice this exercise, I learn something new about myself.

My life, for better or for worse, is my teacher. It teaches me how this world functions, how I function, and how I participate in it. It teaches me resolve, forbearance, and gives me an insight that I carry towards the future. I learn a lot; suffering, misery, hatred, yet I also learn happiness, passionate yearning, and bliss. However, some of its most important lessons are the struggles, failures, and successes.

I stand at a precipice; having been knocked down to the ground numerous times by life itself, I have stood back up every time, dusted my clothes, and begun fighting again. I have always been tempted to give up, yet I have not. I refused to give up and let go. By knocking me down like that, life taught me three very important lessons:

  1. Humility: No matter how high I soar, how strong I become, I can always fall to the lowest depths of humanity and this world. All it takes is the blink of an eye.
  2. Resolve: I will never give up. I am resolute in my decision to get back up on my feet and struggle again, not because I have to, but because I chose to.
  3. Dedication: Getting back up and staying on your feet after a fall is probably one of the hardest things I have ever done. Life has taught me that the only way I can ever accomplish anything is if I get back up every time and dedicate every ounce of strength I can muster in getting up and making things happen.

Most importantly, life has taught me that you only, really live and only achieve success when you get back up after you have fall the hardest, the farthest, to the lowest of depths imaginable. You only live if you get back up and fight, struggle. Only when you don’t have the energy to do so, but you still do because you want to. That moment when you fight back, when you have nothing left to lose, is when you are at your best.

What I’m trying to say is that the only way you can truly be successful is when you get back up after you have lost all your strength and energy. The moment when you possibly cannot do anything but give up, yet you pick yourself up and start struggling again. When you stand up against life at that time, it is because you want to get back up, not because you have to.

That is when you are deadliest, strongest, and that is when life pushes everything out of your way and starts pulling you towards success.

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