Life is a roller coaster ride. It gives you jerks at the most unexpected times. We then try to explain them, justify them, but rarely do we try to accept them. Hence, we act impulsively and forget the famous law of Newton that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Our uncalled for actions, instead of smoothening the jerks, add on to the existing problems. So, needless to say, it is extremely important to react wisely.
Imagine being lost in the woods. Different people would react differently. Some would cry, some would scream for help, some would fall prey to predators, some may perish of starvation, etc. Mostly, all of them would have one thing in common - the overpowering fear, engulfing them. That would lead to inactivity of brain, and one would not be able to think clearly. Very few people would hold on to their faith, and their ability to think, and these are the ones who would keep on exploring one way after the other, relentlessly, till they actually find it.
Similarly in life, we need to keep exploring ourselves, questioning our wants, desires and goals. We need to constantly evaluate the efforts we are putting in, to achieve these. In this process of self exploration, we would keep on evolving, and we would be transforming our own lives. We could then take the failures coming our way as new learnings that enrich our knowledge bank, and help us chart out clearer ways with clearer vision. Each fall then gives a new bounce; and, bigger the fall, higher the bounce. This bounce adds to the courage and strength, and makes us a better and stronger person.
As they say, and rightly so, the person who has seen the most failures, has the higher probability of success. Many of our super achievers would have experienced failures earlier, before they could attain success. What marks them out is their remarkable ability to put in redoubled efforts, and to explore new paths. In the process the fear of failure disappears in them, and is replaced by an excitement, a confidence, to tread and explore unknown and uncharted grounds. Their enriched lives provide them with wonderful pads to absorb greater shocks, and for them living becomes so much more meaningful and purposeful. They would have learnt the power of Bounce, and for them the journey of life itself becomes so much exhilarating, enriching and rewarding, than the destination.
We all remember the famous Michael Jordan quote:
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Myrah was drenched in sweat. She had just finished reading this article that she had chanced upon, on her father’s writing desk. Her father had written it, and she came across it by chance, while looking for a pen. She shuddered at the thought of what she was planning to do! She was going to write a suicide note, and end her life! And then she found the paper with this article written by her dad, at the time when he was jobless. Her dad was running a small travel agency. Due to the pandemic all travels got cancelled, and with no immediate sight of it re-starting, his agency had to be shut.
He was an excellent swimmer but due to family responsibilities and poor financial condition, he could not pursue it professionally. Myrah, from her childhood, showed exceptional talent in swimming. Her dad channelised all his dreams through her now. He worked hard and provided the best training for Myrah and she too, with all her focus and passion, outshone all others in her field and became the national champion. This year she had been selected to take part in the Olympics, to be held in Japan. She and her dad both were exuberant with joy and she left no stone unturned in following to the T her tough and demanding training schedule. All her father’s savings were spent in providing her with the best of everything that she needed. She was very confident of winning the gold for her country and do her dad proud. But alas! The Olympics got postponed indefinitely, all due to this sudden outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Myrah was shattered.
When the country was doing whatever possible to fight the virus, and was under a lockdown, Myrah was unable to control the tempest raging inside her. All her hard work, training, dreams, everything was now so uncertain, that she did not know how to handle her emotions. Seeing her father in a financial crisis, made the matter worse. It seemed like her lofty ambitions were in for a tremendous fall; and she, not being able to take it any more, decided to end her life. She wanted to leave a suicide note, for which she came looking for a pen on her father’s table, and it was then that she came across the above article, written in her father’s beautiful handwriting.
Myrah could not move. She was the daughter of a man of such faith and courage, and what a cowardly act she was going to perform; the mere thought filled her with immense shame and guilt. She could not handle one major adversity, and she had all along thought herself to be fit, as a sportsperson, to represent her country! She read the article again, slowly. By the end of it, her heart had swollen with pride for her dad. She looked around the room. The walls were filled with her pictures, holding trophies and medals that she had won in so many championships. She shook her head in disbelief. Was she really the person, in these pictures? After sometime, she slowly gathered herself up and walked out of the room. She was now a changed person. She had understood the power of Bounce.