Looking Past Failure…with Joyful Expectations for the Future

I have started off this year feeling very positive and excited about the future. I listened to a talk recently where the speaker described hope as having joyful expectations about the future. And with that hope, comes the attitude of seeing the good in what we currently have now.

When I didn’t get into medical school when I applied in 2013, I was deeply disappointed. I just couldn’t stomach the thought of going through subsequent setbacks. So why not just settle? Admit failure and go back to what I was doing before?

What I am learning from my experiences is that the future goal keeps us hopeful, and in the mean time, we are being shaped and equipped in preparation for our purpose. Both the successes and failures refine us and make us better. It may seem like it is taking an eternity to get to our goal, but provided that we are regularly taking a small step towards that goal, progress is being made. Provided that we are keeping our heads above the waves, and keeping our eyes on the lighthouse that is guiding us to shore, we are making progress.

I am no longer afraid of failure. It may still hurt but I am not afraid of it. I am not afraid of trying again. Each attempt teaches me something and helps me to grow in some way. The journey is just as important as the destination and each day we have is valuable.

So, as I wait to hear back from medical schools this application cycle, I am excited! I am not afraid of the outcome. Whatever happens, I have so much to be grateful for. I have my support-team behind me and I have people who believe in me and love me no matter what.

Whatever your dreams and goals are, don’t give up. Failing is not the end. It means you were courageous enough to try…and that’s something to be proud of.

 

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20 thoughts on “Looking Past Failure…with Joyful Expectations for the Future

  1. Exactly! This is so great to read for myself and also knowing you have strength & faith on your path. I’m glad you put fear out the way. I read yesterday that “failure is not the opposite of success, it is part of it”. My dear friend, keep your head up and continue to inspire many of us. Though I’m staying in the context of this post, I know you will make it Malaika! Cheers 🙂

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    1. Asante sana Yadei (this is swahili for “thank you very much”). I always appreciate your words of support and encouragement. You also continue to inspire me and I’m so glad I met you through this blog! Have a lovely day 🙂

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  2.  “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill. As long as you don’t give up, you have not failed.

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