Failure used to be my number one fear. I think it’s the same for most high schoolers. “What are you afraid of?” they say. “You have nothing to lose, right?” they say. “You can’t be perfect. Stop trying,” they tell me. Never having a B in my life, never being yelled at for a big mistake, or never failing to get recognition for something has made me vulnerable to the idea of failure. I’m sure a lot of students would agree with me. Still, I came to realize recently that without failure, people can’t improve. There’s always going to be people better than you and if you’re oblivious to this fact, you’re practically living a life full of lies. I mean, what’s the point of living 60 or 70 more years if you’re already perfect?
The thought of death have entered my thoughts here and there before, but this was the first time I really thought about pain and dying. The pain was real. I still can’t believe I let a tiny (not so much) thing like that torture me for two hours.
Recently, I’ve been thinking about how important it is to go one step beyond the “minimum requirement” and differentiate yourself from others. I was surprised to notice that many people actually don’t try hard to achieve something. A goal. They’re focused on the minimum too much, that a lot of people can’t even reach the minimum. And if they are lucky, they barely just make it.