Humans have a tendency to want to give up when the doors are closing and it seems like the roof is caving in. This tendency culminates into some people actually giving up and the others deciding to try just once more. Not everyone who tries again is going to achieve their desired goal. The difference between those who tried yet again and those who didn’t is, for the latter, it’s always going to be at the back of their mind like a nightmare which refuses to back away, the question- what would life had been like if they had given it one more shot. And the answer is, they’d never know.
Rejection is bad, but regrets, they can eat at the soul. This doesn’t mean that I’ve never ran through the slit opening of a door when I realized it was closing; trust me, I have had my fair share of running, giving up and regretting. But, I’m working at making that attitude a thing of the past. Will it be easy? Absolutely not, but I have a feeling I’d go to bed feeling much better knowing I gave it one more shot.
Here’s to writing meaningless sentences till we finally get the inspiration to write the meaningful ones. Here to rhyming words like “the cat sat on a hat” until the rhymes take a world of their own. Here’s to giving our best shots in hopeless situations.
P.S, what are your favorite gray’s anatomy quotes?
This post in response to Writer’s quote Wednesday by hosted by Silver Threading.
I believe, in life there are no guarantees. Just because you strive with every muscle In your body to reach the finish line In time doesn’t mean you’re going to make it. It might rain, a storm might abruptly occur on that sunny day, anything can happen to hinder the final result. Does that mean, you sit back and stop training, watch the race pass you by all in the fear or what might or might not occur, No. You still train anyway, because giving it your best shot beats a whole lot out of spending the rest of days in the cycle of wondering, “maybe if i had trained…”
I chose the above quote by Ray Bradbury because, more often than not, I see people saying, I wish I had done this or I wish it had done that. Unfortunately, no human can guarantee tomorrow, even I, writing this might not be here. Either way, the biggest regret would be to leave the pen and paper lying around in the hopes of writing on a tomorrow that might not come. The piece is not going to write itself. Sure, you might start writing and then get ecstatic about the piece and write for a few more hours until it’s way past your bedtime indicating coffee would be needed the next day. But then again, imagine a tomorrow where you wake up with the thought “I’ll try and start writing today” and the one where your mind goes, “wow, I can’t believe I wrote all that”.
Life has no guarantees, if you want to write, the best day to start is today, not tomorrow, not any other day. Nobody is going to remember “He had always wanted to be a writer in his mind” because nobody knows. But everyone would remember that uncompleted manuscript (if tomorrow doesn’t come) which might have been a best seller.
This is submission to the inspirational writing event, “Writer’s Quote Wednesday”. For the first time, my post is ready on a Wednesday. I’ve got to start with me, nobody’s going to remember the writer’s quote post I was supposed to do tomorrow.
And I let you go,
Do I regret it, No-
Except for the days the sunrises
And the nights the stars fall;
And the moment a thick cloud gathers
And the sight of a red golf;
And the diner across my apartment
And the scent of lavender plush;
And the moments your memories flash black
Like a blackout, clouding my neurons.
Regrets are part of a life lived
And your dreams demanded your call;
And I chose with all of my valor,
To give into what you want.
Was a month, then two, then silence
I knew for a fact- we were done.
And my heart beats just a little faster-
For your dream- was never me all along.
day 5 of October Poetry Writing Month. The prompt: capture a relationship or a feeling. Don’t just tell it, show it.
IMAGE CREDIT: Beverly Tan