“And why do we fall Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” These words of advice would go on to have a major influence in the philosophy of one of the greatest superheroes created – Batman. So is this some deeply cryptic advice that requires an IQ matching that of millionaire Bruce Wayne’s? Not in the very least. The advice couldn’t be simpler – it merely requires us to persevere. The difference between people who amount to something and people who don’t isn’t money or power or contacts. It’s about wanting something badly enough and going after it, no matter what. We should always keep in mind that failures are the pillars of success and we cannot let failures get us down. We should keep moving ahead. Even the darkest clouds have silver linings; tomorrow is always a new day. We can always pick ourselves up, brush off our wounds and live to fight another day. Every person who’s achieved what they wanted to will always tell you that it’s not as much about talent as it is about willpower. Dogged perseverance, for all its annoying qualities, does get results.
They say that good things come to those who wait, and this waiting includes a lot of days of quiet desperation, frantic worries and sleepless nights. This just makes the success all that sweeter. The possibility of failure is what is supposed to drive us. The very desire to escape failure urges us onward, making us work harder every single day. Despite our best efforts, we often do end up falling short of the desired result. But that’s no reason to give up on the goal altogether. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day! Life isn’t kind to quitters. They are the kind of people who will bring others down into the hole they’re in. Optimism is clearly not in their cache and they’d rather roll over at the first obstacle rather than ride out to meet it and try and overcome it. Think of it this way, even when your body is broken never let your spirit break and you’ll get through the darkest of times and the worst of failures. A line that always works in these scenarios is ‘this too shall pass’. Failure, just like success, is transient and we should realise that in the pursuit of our goals. It is only in our mistaken identification of failures as some permanent part of our lives where lays the problem of giving up! I’ve known people who’ve done badly in their board examinations, been told that they’d never have a successful career and gone on to do fantastically in their lives. I’ve known people who’ve been in abusive and bad relationships – most went on to have very good relationships and are quite happy now. Some quit on life and landed up in front of trains or at the bottom of lakes. I say this, with a heavy heart of course, that if they’d just kept on believing, if they’d just realised that it’s always darkest before the dawn, the world would not have been deprived of some fantastic people and I wouldn’t have been deprived of some friends. I realise of course, I can hardly consider myself qualified enough to understand what they were going through, but maybe we are fundamentally different. Me? I always like to believe that tomorrow is a new day. I love the promise that a new morning holds - the fact that today I can do something different. To put it succinctly, I think I’m not quite the sort of person to look back and sigh and say that I took the road less travelled by and that has made all the difference. I’d rather look to the skies and exclaim that there are two paths you can go by but in the long run, there’s still time to change the road you’re on! So what I’m essentially saying is that we should never give up hope. It’s dangerous to lose hope! To conclude, I’d like to borrow a quote from a movie which had an immense influence on me during my childhood –
“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you’re 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!”
Photography By: Zubair Alam