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There’s no easy path, there are just strong feet

Updated: Jan 18

It's been quite some time, but here I am, sitting still on my stool, remaining unemployed. Having no source nor any form of income, I'm starting to see my savings running out - dripping faster than a broken faucet and draining quicker than a funnel.


Perhaps my confession might be disturbing, but I feel relatively at ease; my mind is so peaceful and serene; my senses are akin to a preying predator. I feel one with the world as I learned to be mindful without the pressures of the perfect people from this fast-paced city.


To some people, I may have seemed selfish.

I'm aware of the whispers that have been going around - "How dare this man quit despite having a family to feed? How unthinking must he be of privilege, as a father no less?"


But what people fail to understand is that my nine to five placed me on the brink of collapse. A year, a month, a week, a day, an hour, even a minute longer would have driven me to insanity. When you fail to find meaning in your days, then it's time you take a pause and consider your next decisions carefully.

Yes, that's how much I despised it.

And so, forcing myself to continue that path would have made me a worse father than I am today - in that I am certain.

As I reflect on all these, I remember a quote I read somewhere years ago:


"one door opens as another closes."

After all these years, that proverb stuck with me, waiting to be lived. Now is the perfect time for me to believe in it, live it, experience it.

Through my days, I have given countless people advice and counsel. They all felt cliché because instead of lifting the words from experience and truth, most were taken from blogs, books, movies, and even the radio. Looking back, how more helpful I could have been had I given words that rang true with how I felt, what I've seen, what I've heard.

But right now, I'm trying to believe that the wisdom of those scripts can be practiced just as well. Now is the perfect time to trial the words and learn if they truly work or are mere rhymes. And quite frankly, I don't know what else to do should they be pure poetry and fiction. The hopeful in me clings on to the possibility that the cliché of a happy ending story may apply to me. I found myself whispering - maybe even praying - "oh please, oh please, oh please."

If you have yet to notice, I've read quite a lot. Some I find quite bizarre, quite silly, quite funny. It was another claim about success, and the line goes like this:

"If you wish to be successful, find someone who wants to be successful, give them your advice, then go home and do exactly as you have counseled."

What would you make of it if you were to have read it somewhere except here? Is it wise or the opposite? Is it senseless or genius? Is it funny, or is it great? I'm stuck between the opposites, but perhaps it's because I have yet to find out.

The path I took is one that most people would not even dare consider. It's not an easy path. To sit here and imagine not knowing how long the bank will hold up is not at all soothing, regardless of my calm. But, as all people who came before us have told us, there are no easy paths.

Sometimes it doesn't really matter which direction to take. Whether you take the left road or the right exit, they all lead to a form of struggle. At one point or another, I am certain that I will struggle and struggle hard. But these hardships are what make us. These hardships form the strength required to help us push further and try harder no matter the outcome. These are the foundations that determine how deep we're willing to learn to know how high we can truly grow.


The stronger you keep yourself planted on the ground, the higher the lengths you can achieve - and perhaps even exceed what you thought was possible.

If you ask me where I'd go from here, the truth is I don't know. I have no idea where the days will take me, but one thing is for sure: I'll pave a road to make tomorrow better because I promised. When I formed a family, I made a promise that I'd protect them from trouble. I just needed to deliver myself from my own demons to spare them from theirs as well, for I could not love in full if I had lost all love for my own self. I will fail to save them from this world's injustice if I am a slave to that same struggle.

Reflecting on the words I have consumed, I am brought back to another quote, a quote by Lewis Carroll.

"If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there."

True enough, I am now finding myself on that "any road" she was talking about. I am holding on to both fate and hope that this road I partook in will lead me towards somewhere - a bright destination.


The journey makes the destination even more worthwhile. The fact that I chose serenity over senseless employment loops me back to that other quote. Maybe instinctively, I believe deep inside that the advice I would give an aspiring successful is to pause for some time, chase inner peace, and let the perfect answer come knocking.

The journey is not a single road. There are stops; there are different exits; there are different routes. But this long road is what makes the destination towards success sweeter and more memorable. I now choose to find my peace because I want to conserve as much of myself as possible so that I'd be ready to travel the long road ahead for my family's future. They deserve my reliability, my strength; they deserve the best of me.


I keep my feet strong.

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Calm. Peaceful. Inspired


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