“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett
Failure. Such power held in one notion. In one word. A word with the power to send men to their knees, to leave us exposed, feeling worthless and miserable. Continue reading “Ever Tried. Ever Failed.”
Everyone likes a little competition. But no one likes to lose. Of course, it’s purely circumstantial. Lose to a foul, delinquent group of cheaters that twisted the rules in their favor, then you’ll definitely feel the salt rubbed in your wound. But lose to an honest, admirable team of good sports that simply beat you fair and square? I wouldn’t call that a loss- I’d call that an honor.
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If you were to take a spyglass and look out across the ocean as you set sail on your great voyage, you would no doubt see darkened skies ahead, casting an ominous shadow over choppy, swirling waters, all looming in the distance, threatening to throw you off course, threatening to capsize you. And they very well may; the wind may blow at your sails from all different directions, a rogue wave may suddenly approach and throw you overboard.
But do not despair. Though your vessel may float on the water’s surface in pieces around you, you can still grab hold of a part of the wreckage and paddle yourself to shore. And if that is stripped from you, you can always swim. As long as there is land in sight, you can always find a way to make it ashore.
Unless you can’t swim. In that case, I hope you’re a fast learner.
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Our greatest struggle when facing the upward trudge towards our goals is often not the journey itself, but the first step. What we fail to remember is that an object in motion tends to stay in motion, while an object at rest will almost certainly stay at rest indefinitely. Unless of course, an outside force were to act upon it.
So perhaps the question you must ask yourself is: What will that force be for you?
I feel that oftentimes, before we criticize someone, we must first take care to check that we have no mistakes that need correcting, that we are flawless. Once we do so, we will all drop the stones we were about to throw, and perhaps, attempt to understand the accused instead.
And realize that we were never deserving of the stones in the first place.
We spend so much of our time worrying and obsessing over being heard and leaving a mark on the world. Why not instead focus on living on our own terms, creating the life we envisioned, and not caring whether or not we’re talked about for years after we’re gone?
Coincidentally, that’s exactly how those before us left their marks.
“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” – Johnny Cash
“A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others throw at them.” – David Brinkley
Few things are set in stone in this life, but one of them is the past. It’s something we can’t wish away, something we can’t change, no matter how badly we want to. There’s perhaps nothing more final than the past. Where our words can’t be unsaid, and our actions can’t be undone.
But there is something we do have control of, and it’s a little different for everyone. Where our words are just thoughts, our actions just dreams. A story you can write however you like, one where you decide how it ends.
You’ve already written some of the chapters in your book. Some were great, and they’re ones you should be proud of. Others, not so much, and that’s ok. You’ve made a few typos here and there, but haven’t we all? You can’t erase them and you can’t rip up the pages and throw them away, so you might as well learn from them and move on. Because you’ve got a lot more writing to do.
Who knows what will fill the pages of the rest of your book? Stories of amazing adventures, of new discoveries, brave leaps of faith into the unknown. There will be heartbreak and tragedy, no doubt, but these things are what makes a story interesting. You might know exactly what you want to write, or you might not have a clue. But you already have the pen in your hand. Now you just need to write.
And you can start right now.
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison
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