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By Jan Vicente B. Pekas

“ Failure is hard to swallow, though I guess depending on how we digest it, it can be a fuel to surge forward or an anchor that chains us down.“

The several opportunities that come our way in life can present to us either a great momentum to progress or a hard obstacle that drives us backward. It is always a bitter experience to take 1 step forward and take 3 steps back. Frustration have most often been a great demoralizer in life. A blindfold that blocks the eyes from appreciating all the wonderful sights in life. A whisper that gaslights a person into convincing themselves of their inferiority.
Yet, humanity has proven that such obstacles in life can be vaulted and left behind. We had made great progress into elevating the standard of society. Yet, we had also proven our own capability to destroy what others had worked hard to build. Not only can we rush forward, but we can certainly go backwards and make a mockery of the progress humanity had built.
In this city, our elders can certainly tell us of the great changes that were brought, both the good and bad. In our lives, we can be a sure witness to the challenges we have surmounted. And the hardships we had experienced to get to where we are now.
With the left foot forward, then the right, children can go on to become university students, a few more steps then they become wonderful professionals. A few stumbles here and there but a person can crawl if need to. They trek through mud and dirt and arrive at an opportunity. A person can make the most of it or fumble into the ground and lose it.
A lost opportunity stings. And a scenario that haunts the head stings even more. Thankfully, we all get several tests in life. And with experience we can deal with these opportunities better. Failure alone cannot be enough to rob us of the great plans laid in front of us. Though it can blind us for some time, it cannot erase the blessings that lay ahead.
A trophy won in sports does not usually get held up by a team with clean jerseys. Reeked with sweat, blood and mud are those that usually accompany the glittering reward. Countless persons of great prestige have built beneath them a mountain of failures to reach the high place of success.
Failure is hard to swallow, though I guess depending on how we digest it, can it be a fuel to surge forward or an anchor that chains us down.**


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