The Upside of Failure

I don’t personally consider myself as a failure. But I will admit that I have failed to follow my heart, my dreams and even passion. Why? Well, for the common reason behind every attempt or the lack of it in the realization of dreams, namely fear – the fear of failing or fear for the unknown. And also the fact that life gets in the way from time to time.

While still being in my 20s I can say I’ve achieved a lot and for that I’m proud and thankful. Nevertheless, the past year I’ve been forced to evaluate my life and really dissect every aspect of it, especially my choice of career.

At the same time, I don’t have regrets for what I’ve done and achieved but regret for not having the courage to follow what I felt was right for me and neglecting my instincts.
But hey, that’s what our 20s are for, right? A time where we have at least a decade to fail – where the window of opportunity for failing is at its best. I’m sure we’ve all experienced failure at some point in our lives no matter what age group.

When it comes to failure some let it knock them down and don’t recover from it, and forever live with regrets. Others choose to fight through it and eventually see the opportunities that lies ahead. I choose to be those who take action, and see the bright side of all my failures (well, trying at least depending on state of mind/mood).

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiouslythat you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”
– J. K. Rowling

Besides, I remind myself that I’m still young and never too old to realize my dreams.
Giving up is not an option! For me, no experience nor knowledge goes wasted or considered as mistakes. I’ve learned and grown from them. In addition, I carry those experiences with me. Failure is a reminder that we’re humans and that it’s a part life. And the upside is that it can prepare us of what’s to come and what to avoid in the next round.

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.”
– Oprah Winfrey

Now I try to figure out where my passion lies and what is “out there” (world) for me to discover, and what I can add to it. Regardless of my fear of failing. Even though I have a clue of what I should be doing with my life, I’m still not 100% sure.

Are we ever completely sure or does fear consumes a certain percentage so that we’re left with uncertainties and insecurities?

What do you think?

8 thoughts on “The Upside of Failure

  1. Maria says:

    I think that fear can strengthen us as well as weaken us… At times we need to take a gaint leep of faith and jump!! But it all comes down to the situation and reason for our fear… Good read 🙂 I enjoyed reading Your reflactions…

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