Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Finishing strong!

" The first moment you're disappointed, you're shocked, you're sad, you know, then all of a sudden it overwhelms you,The problem is you can't go in the locker room and just take it easy and take a cold shower. You can't. You know, you're stuck out there. It's the worst feeling. It’s rough"

Failure, its tough, its devastating, it kills you inside. You want to scream, you want to shout, you want to blame the whole world. The only thing you want to do is smash everything in your sight. The sympathies, the concerned words and the efforts made by others to understand your plight seem artificial. You try to smile, try to make dark jokes, say " it doesn't matter", you just simply play along. But inside there is a recurrent question which probes you -" Why, Why, Why me" . And that is not a good feeling to have.

One always goes through the 5 stages whenever such a thing happens - Denial,Anger, Bargaining, Depression and finally Acceptance. The full cycle and time period of how one goes through it varies from person to person but all of us go through it. Finally its only when you reach the last stage do you realize what power you have. The power to bear . The power to fall down and still not give up. The power to rise again. The power to challenge your biggest nemesis. And it is this power which amazes me always.

"I don't know what frightens me more,the power that crushes us or our endless ability to endure it. "
- Karla, Shantaram.

CAT 2009 hurt, it still does. But when I think about it, I feel its still better than that. By that I talk about my 4-2. The period of no job, endless despair. I got through that. Made a job ( on the last day of college is a different matter :P). But if I can endure that, I can very well take this. If there was 1 thing which that experience taught me it was - What matters is how you finish.
Do you go out down, defeated, dejected and a sorry figure or you take on the world fight your way out, reclaim what was lost.

The world remembers the end and everybody loves a good comeback story.

So go out fight, struggle, work hard, toil, burn the midnight oil <> and prove to everybody you are worth it and you finished strong.!

For more take a look this video!

PS: The quote at the starting of this blog was by Roger Federer after losing Australian Open 2009 to Rafael Nadal. If there is one person who finished strong it is him. The player to win a career grand slam after that defeat and become the player to win highest number of Grand Slams.

Finish Strong,
Give the world that comeback!

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