Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Not Giving Up... Not Yet..

So I know this isn't the first time that i've blogged about my school life, but I just had to do it again. This year, in all honesty, has been really really sucky. It's so different from my Year 1 life and I guess I now understand why my seniors said that Year 1 is the Honeymoon year, and only the tip of the iceberg, only to gear us up for the Hell period (which I so happen to be in right now).

"What's it like to be in Ngee Ann's Mass Comm?" was probably one of the most asked questions in my year one life. At a tender age of 16 years, I would reply with my cheerful freshie vibrancy, "It's great! People should totally come to my course!" Well.. not anymore I guess.. I'm not saying that that fire in me has died, but I won't lie when I say that the fire is slowly extinguishing. Now, I just want to finish my course of study and to get it over and done with... Maybe i'm just saying all this in a fit... Hopefully.. I still want to do well of course, if not all my hard work would be in vain. 

So i'm not giving up... Not Yet.

This post is for all those who find themselves seemingly in my shoes, and on the verge of breaking down.. on the verge of giving up on everything you've worked so hard for. Please don't ever give up. This is a reminder to you, just as much as it is for me.

Remember the last time when you wanted to walk out that door cause you just couldn't take it anymore? Do realise that you're now here at this point in time reading this blogpost. It shows that you've went through that obstacle and came out even stronger, all in one piece. So I guess it's a reminder for all of us that as long as we don't give up, then maybe, just maybe, we'll come out a better person and make us a more tolerant person.

And look.. sometimes you have to work with people who aren't the nicest of our kind but it doesn't mean that you should stoop their level and argue with them head on. What's the use of words if you're only going to use them to put up a front and the results don't show. Make a self resolution and make sure that you work hard, so that at the end of the day no one can fault you. No.. this is not a call for arrogance, but a call for determination - to do what you say and not just walk around with BIG WORDS.

Just like how the character, Rocky said to his son:
Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't how hard you hit; it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done. Now, if you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain't you. You're better than that! 
Life sucks. It's true. But saying it out loud or proclaiming to the entire world will not make it any better. Take up your bags and move. Sitting around and whining will not bring you forward. I believe that when life gives you lemons, you shouldn't just take it and make lemonade because that's shunting the entire issue. Instead, you should channel whatever emotions you have and take the lemons thrown to you and EAT IT. SHOW THAT YOU ENJOY IT. 

It's about proving yourself to others and most importantly, proving yourself to YOURSELF. Many people who fail in life, continue to fail only because they see it as their inability to accomplish something... because of their physical boundaries. But winners... Winners look at every failure as an opportunity to learn and to prove to themselves that nothing can restrict them. Our views about ourselves can create a viscous cycle - good and bad. 

What's the worst thing about giving is that all your hardwork that you've been giving in for the past few years/months/days goes down the drain (speaking from experience). You feel really stupid because time has been wasted, time that can't be taken back anymore. 

In conclusion? Simple... Don't give up. Keep moving forward. There will be choppy waters in your life but if you learn to swim in them, you'll be ready for even choppier waters. You'll be ready to face all challenges that come your way. So don't worry, obstacles are put in your life for a reason. Things may seem like it's getting out of hand now but when we look back... As Steve Jobs said, "you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life" (qtd. from Steve Jobs, "Stanford 2005 Speech"). 

Never give up. Don't give yourself a reason to regret. Things seem grim when looking forward but when you look back, you see how far you've come. That should give you all the reason to strive even harder.

With all that is said and done,
- Irwin Zephyr -

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