The Survival

We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.

– Barbara De Angelis

I had written this short fictional story for a class assignment. The story is very basic to be honest. But I want to use this story as a simple concept of a type of event that can change the way we look at life. How much we are able to appreciate it. How much we can empathize with those around us. The things we can achieve when we tackle all problems together as a community with an assertive and positive mind. How we instinctively react when someone around needs help, no matter how small or big. How are we contributing to a situation? Are we willing to go out of our way to help the people around us who need it? Well, let’s find out.

It was Thursday night. I was working late alone in the office, preparing for a presentation that was due the next day. Outside a slight breeze was blowing, inviting a perfect cool atmosphere to work in. I continued my work steadily as the hours moved on. Suddenly an earsplitting scream penetrated the air from somewhere below and I froze. Instantly I was by the window and a devastating sight met my eyes.

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The Warriors in Us

There are no shortcuts in life I guess. Every time a moment is stretched into a thousand, where we feel we are stuck in an endless whirlpool of uncertainty. Not sure where life is headed, whether it’s going forwards, or we keep moving backwards. We emerge from that darkness once in a while only to find out we never left. Will there ever be a point in life where we will look back and actually see how far we have come? Though time doesn’t stand still, and neither do we. We show the world this illusion of being exactly who we want to be, but deep down, actually are not. Not yet anyway.

Everything is a process that’s true. But how much are we willing to go through in that period, for a simple hope that things will be alright again? Does it really, truly, all be okay in the end? Get a happy ending like in the fairy tales? Is everyone’s lives that perfect like we see in social media? I myself post only the happy moments and none of the difficult or ugly ones. That is why, posts, pictures or videos where people reveal the struggles they have gone through, and achieved all that they have, really motivate me. It is so important to share to the world the non-perfect part of our lives, like in Pursuit of Happyness-with a title saying “This part of my life is called struggling.” And the moment we feel all those struggles are finally worth it, we announce it to the world. Because the very fact that we are having these struggles indicate that we are still fighting.

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