Well……. I clicked this picture for no apparent reason but when I saw it for the first time what came to my mind were two very famous songs –‘Stairway to Heaven’ & ‘The Room At The Top Of The Stairs’. One is an all time favorite & the other is MY favorite. The stairs in the picture lead to my room. At the end of these stairs is neither heaven nor the room where all the “stuff” that happens in the song so its actually as useless as the picture.
And if you want to get philosophical about it then I guess you’ll remind me, just like how my grade 3 teacher ,that it could also mean that “Failure is the stepping stone to success”. To be frank like I said earlier I didn’t click it thinking about any philosophy. I mean shouldn’t the stone for that quote be more battered than these? But then how many times has one heard this saying. When you’re down, your friends say it to you & when your friends are down, you say it to them. Either way it does get said a lot. Its like a rule that you have to quote it or else you’re not motivating the person who’s ‘down’. But then it doesn’t always hold true because there are a number of people who have to just go through life suffering one failure after another! And those who lead an average life despite putting in all the hard work! So you cant really blame them if they do succumb to failure right? What then?
There is this wise guy out there who bounced back after being beaten down over & over again came up with the “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”. Now that covers all the bases, doesn’t it? Somehow even I can relate to it. I mean just because you failed once or twice or many times doesn’t automatically mean that you’re going succeed & make it big right? You only become wiser or lets say stronger. You learn what is right for you & what is beyond you. I remember how I was down and out after my 12th std. I wanted to get into medical school but somehow just didnt manage to get a seat. I wanted to give up but I was motivated by my parents to try once more and give all my effort this time! I sat with my friend away from home and we solved difficult entrance questions together for year! And at the end of it all I was rewarded with a seat through entrance exams! That changed my entire life and today I am a surgeon who is teaching young minds! I am more of the ‘ Aim for the stars, you’ll at least reach the clouds’ kinda guy.
So basically what I was saying was that you become stronger & you get bolder in life. And that’s what I guess success means. In the end it all comes to going out there EVERYDAY & giving your heart out at whatever that you do. Its not always about winning, not always about being the best. Sometimes ‘ordinary’ will do just fine. You have guys who become successful by chance & then there are those who don’t despite years of struggle but still don’t complain because they love fighting it out!
So in the end life is about living each day as it comes. Getting up everyday & facing life & its challenges with enthusiasm. because there’s no point living your life if your not enjoying it… So lets just end it with a “Don’t worry, be happy’ 😉
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