Why I cannot die trying


In the words of Michael Edwardes on the end of apartheid in South Africa, he said, “People will not readily bear pain unless there is hope.” This literarily indicates that there is something that can keep one through pain and still not complain in the midst of it. While the body wearies, strength is failing, legs become wobble, zeal is more lost than gained and there is almost nothing to live for, HOPE becomes the only reason to hold on to the blade.

I see before me the statue of a celebrated minister, who said that confidence was a plant of slow growth. But I believe, however gradual may be the growth of confidence, that of credit requires still more time to arrive at maturity – Benjamin Disraeli.
Benjamin shed more light to the reward of staying longer. It may be gradual and slow, but the race will definitely end. The eyes and mind should be more fixed on the goal, reward than the length of the journey.
What if I died trying
Well, it is possible to die trying, but what is the reward for not trying. Even if you didn’t try, you will still die. Death is the greatest evil, because it cuts off hope - William Hazlitt. Death has been thought to be the only end to hope, however, death also fears a man with hope. A man without hope tends to die more time before the real death comes. What he fears has killed him already. He is living the dream of others and many see a hopeless man as a stepping stone to greatness. He is no more part of those at the top of the ladder and displacing such man is nothing different from breaking a biscuit.



Dream
The first qualification for a physician is hopefulness – James Little
Being a man who serves the purpose of hope, the first thing you must have is that hope. You are dawned with a responsibility of more than a million destinies, you definitely need something stronger than the ones you lift their burden, and that is hope. You remember “The destiny of a great kingdom rests upon the shoulder of a young man, his name is MERLIN”. For those that could remember this and watched it, imagine if Merlin had no hope, who would have looked up to him.
Likewise, so many dreams look up to your dream, many destinies depend on yours, you are a bridge for some to cross to their greatness, you are the means at which so many will find their way through, however, you need a stronger faith and a higher hope than they do. The weight of the base/foundation must be stronger and heavier than that of the top.

According to Anals Nin,”Dreams are necessary to life”. Do you have a dream at all? Do you have imaginations and targets? A man without dream is a lifeless man. Ben Jonson says, “If his dream lasts, he'll turn the age to gold”. If the dream could stay longer, if you would never stopped dreaming, if you will always sleep and wake remembering what you want to become and always work hard daily to achieve a dream, then you would one day see your dream become gold. 

People will come to believe in that dream they once despise. All you need is to keep trying. Remember, the battle is neither unto the swift, nor the battle to the strong, slow and steady wins the race. A dream you don’t believe in or fight for can never be yours.
Climb every mountain, ford every stream, and Follow every rainbow, till you find your dream - Oscar Hammerstein II 

Oscar advises to go to any length for a dream. Climb the mountains, cross the valleys, dig and dig deeper, until you find that dream. Let men ask you why you are so voracious for success; tell them something is burning in you. Tell them your dream is greater than you and you would never stop until you achieve it. Quitters don’t win and winners don’t quit. 



Go for the moon, if you don't get it, you'll still be heading for a star - Willis Reed. Before you can head for a star, you must have a dream that drives you like an engine. If after you fought for the best and didn’t get it, definitely you get the better, and if not, the good, but certainly not the bad, worse or worst.
Opportunity
BRUTUS There is a tide in the affairs of men 

Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; 

Omitted, all the voyage of their life 

Is bound in shallows and in miseries. 

On such a full sea are we now afloat, 

And we must take the current when it serves, 

Or lose our ventures.

William Shakespeare

If you had been mine when you were seven, you would have been the crème de la crème - Muriel Spark. Opportunities meet only those that are prepared. Always be readily equipped and prepared for everything that comes your way. “For of all sad words of tongue or pen, 

the saddest are these: 'It might have been!” - John Greenleaf Whittier.


Your greatest regrets in life are not the things you did wrongly, but the things you never did. Regrets come later in life and they are the saddest parts of the moment of a man. What pains one most in life are things he wished he did, though the result may not be sure or significant at the moment, but they will surely pay off.

Finally, “The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.” - Harriet Beecher Stowe

Do not let your dreams become your regret, and do not allow your aspirations lie humbly with you in the grave unachieved. It may be so big and appear unachievable, but it can be achieved. You won’t know if it is unachievable when you have not tried, you only know when you have tried. It can’t kill you, it will only make you stronger, weak men are not meant for war, they remain spoils of war. Go out there and achieve.

The bible says, “Work while it is day, for night cometh when no man will able to work”.

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  1. Nice piece! Thanks for bringing to my remembrance those wonderful thoughts.

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