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For all those in rough times,

Often, we let our mistakes become more prevalent than our achievements. I find myself dwelling in the darkness cast by my own shadow than I do basking in the light of the goodness I am capable of, and I have found that in most respects, that is perfectly normal. We are all human beings, and we all make mistakes. It is okay to make mistakes, and we can learn from them. But dwelling in our own despondence, despite how normal it may seem, isn’t for the best. I recently have found myself constantly being let down, and it has become quite difficult to deal with. Moreso, the amount of effort I have put in to all challenges I am faced with in life — the constant hours of hard work, determination, persistence, and the fight to seize the goal I have set for myself — hasn’t equaled the result I have gotten. The more effort I had put in, the worse results I received; in addition to that, the worse I treated myself. In the moment, the heat of it all, it can be extremely upsetting and frustrating. I get it. I have experienced it myself more than I have ever wanted to. But what I have taken out of it, even if I try to ignore these facts, is that I have the resilience to bounce back from the errors we make; we all do. Nobody is perfect — a perfect external most often means a broken, shattered inside when it comes to us humans. We ourselves need to rebuild that inside, fill in the cracks as best we can. Ignore all you might, but there will forever be the remnants of those cracks in our shells, and no glue can seal them infinitely. So despite all of the aspirations gained, effort put in, and the potential for greatness you see for yourself, the truth is that you are all that you believe, and can achieve even greater things once enough self-confidence is built, and each and every person gains an appreciation for what they are really capable of. Because despite what happens now, there is always a bright future ahead. No mistake, flaw, or imperfection, no matter how big or small, is enough to pinch out the golden flame of vital hope and goodness we all possess in our heart, for it is that fire that fuels our greatness, and must always be rekindled by kindness, respect, and most importantly, the belief and confidence in yourself.

Let your light outshine the dark.

M. Capone

February 20, 2017

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