Another day in the gutter

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” quote by Oscar Wilde in his play, Lady Windemere’s fan

First week of the semester and I feel that I am failing miserably. I know what you are thinking, you will tell me not to give up. Just telling you a story. I signed up for two classes online, and in one of my classes, I failed to submit the assignment on time. Way to go, Rona, first assignment and you already got an incomplete in your mark. I am taking prerequisites for another course. I know, it is an insurmountable feat to overcome, I didn’t know that the pressure that I felt two decades ago when I was in college is coming back with a vengeance. Kidding aside, I am writing again. Thank God for that. I forgot how the feeling of stress of deadlines are. I will remember to breathe because I know this is an unfamiliar territory. Will I make it? I don’t think I can with any flying colors. Maybe I am disillusioned. Can I really do hard things out of my comfort zone? When is the perfect time for quitting and is my efforts worth the stress? Every opportunity should not be taken for granted. How many mistakes will I make and how many chances do I have? We’ll never know do we.

This is my take on my first assignment ever after a long hiatus.

At some point in our lives, we all have encountered problems in life.  Some have minor ones, others have difficulties in life that is unimaginable. The gutter symbolizes living in a poor state or being in a difficult situation. It is a dark place where no one wants to stay for long.  

I had experienced being in a gutter when I encountered a major financial loss. I felt that I was in a dark place, and that it was a hopeless situation. Looking back, that stage in my life was learning to be resilient,  accepting the situation, and choosing not to give up. I handle the situation the best way I can at that moment.  There was nothing I could do, but to move forward. 

 When facing demanding situations, a positive outlook in life makes a difference. Our  experiences are not the same. We cannot compare our struggles to others. We don’t have the same resources and coping mechanisms when responding to difficulties.  

A few surpasses their predicament by looking at the light at the end of the tunnel. It takes courage, grit and perseverance to work on a goal. Focusing on the positive aspect of the current situation, even though the current picture may seem dim. For example, a person who suffered a huge loss in his business, instead of sulking and blaming himself, thinks of other ways to recuperate his loss. It will do him no good if he does not take initiative 

A motivational quote that came into my mind is “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step,” by Martin Luther King Jr.  It may be difficult to take the first step, but it is the only way to move forward.  We may make a lot of mistakes along the way.  It is the experience that we learn throughout the journey that is more important than the destination itself. 

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