Tenacious. That’s the adjective that I wish to describe myself at the moment. It’s also one of the things that my parents have taught me to be. And, right now, I’m pretty grateful to the parentals for teaching me that.
I am not one to give up easily. I have learned that to be able to achieve something–something you very much desire from the bottom of your heart–you must learn to ‘keep on keeping on’, to just ‘keep swimming’, to ‘never say never’ because you never know if the lucky break you’ve been waiting for is just beyond the corner. If you give up, you will never know if that is the case. You will be constantly hounded by “what ifs”, by the “what could’ve been’s”.
I guess my parents are not the only ones who taught me never to give up. The books I’ve read and even the video games I have played have taught me just as much. Heck, even the lives of those who have gone before me, trying to reach their dreams; the story of their lives have thought me the very same thing.
My sign-off, “Dream on; Fly on!” was born from such beliefs. It reminds me that I shouldn’t let go of my dreams, no matter how hard it is to achieve them or how impossible some people may say those dreams are. It reminds me that I–like everyone else–have the power to work hard and fly to the stars instead of just gazing longingly towards them. It reminds me that I should do more than just dream because dreaming is just the start; that I also have to persevere.
Paulo Coelo once wrote: ‘When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.’ (p.22, The Alchemist)
I firmly believe in that, just as how I believe that God doesn’t plant a dream inside of our hearts without reason and that these ‘seedlings’ can grow into fruition because we are given the means–the tools, the talent, the drive, the ability, the passion, or whatever you want to call it–to making them grow. Some of us just lose sight of our dreams because of what the world has to say.
I guess, what I’m saying is that you shouldn’t let the world take your dreams and aspirations from you. Do everything in your power to turn your dreams into reality, provided that you do not lose yourself, your morals, and you don’t step on anyone in the process.
I’m not really sure if I am good enough to dish out such an advice but I suppose I am writing this for myself as well. To remind me of the very same things I have written here. To remind myself that there is always tomorrow; there is always hope.
If you don’t get the big break you’re hoping for, keep on trying. Success is, after all, not measured by being able to do something without failing but rather, by rising up from failure, facing it head on and trying again. Those who are successful in life, are not those with the most money but those who make the most of what they have and those who, no matter what comes their way, manages to just keep walking forward. For the courage to go the distance is the magic that turns dreams into reality and failures into success.
Dream on; Fly on!