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Awash with optimism S ometimes life doesn’t seem to go where we want it to and it’s not always quite the revolving door that we’d imagined it to be. It can be quite a tough crowd at times but as George Bernard Shaw once wrote: ‘There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.’ We shouldn’t let not getting our heart’s desire diminish our yearning for it. Because where there is a will, there is a way. There will be times when we are struggling on our journey to reach our destinations, i.e. not getting the grades we wanted, not getting into our first choice uni’s, not getting a job we’d worked so hard for. This can make us feel like the four walls of life are closing in on us and we might lose our perspective. But as cliché as this may sound everything happens for a reason. Sometimes it’s what we learn through the journey that matters, that helps us to grow as individuals, that makes us more competent. Sometimes we may even ponder the thought of giving up because we didn’t get to where we wanted to be. But stop that passing thought right there! If we look back we can learn from things that didn’t go the way we wanted them to. They say experience is a big price to pay but that’s not necessarily true. It just shows us that we shouldn’t lose our desire and passion for what we truly love because at the end of the day ‘what

WORDS: Fauzia Khan PHOTO: Barnaby Kent you sow is what you shall reap’ and nothing tastes better than victory. We shouldn’t ever take anything for granted because one day we might wake up and realise that we’ve lost a diamond while we were too busy collecting stones. Some scientists have been laughed at because of their discoveries. When we look at the stuff that other people have achieved it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the sky is the limit. We shouldn’t wallow in what we didn’t get while others got it. We all have our own legends to fulfill, our own stories to write, our own canvases to paint. The only way for us to know the future is to make it. Remember the words of Epictetus: ‘The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.’ What a thought to contemplate, eh?

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