Journal Entry 10: “Fall down Seven, Stand up Eight”

I write these journals in the first 10 minutes of my Writing I class at NYU. I thought the readings/articles were very intriguing and the journal prompts were also really interesting, so I thought why not post my thoughts on the blog while I’m at it? These are written in 10 minutes so they might sound very first-draft-esque, my apologies.

Prompt: “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson


 

To never fail is an achievement that only liars can accomplish. Or that is what it seems like because I know that life cannot be perfect and most of the time, one will encounter a roadblock. the fact that we fail at tasks is a beautiful thing. If we were to constantly succeed and be praised, we would have nothing greater to strive for, thus our souls will be empty and incomplete. There was a quote that my middle school principal was fond of: “Fall down seven, Stand up eight.” The most important part of failing is to rise once you have fallen, like a great warrior. And you have to make sure that you don’t get used to the routinely expectations of loss, or else you will be acting on your wishes instead of your will. Acceptance of loss and moving on from it is one of the strongest traits someone can have.

When life brings you failures, rise up from the ashes of disappointments like the great phoenix. Not only prove to the world that you are worth more than the societal stereotypes of success and failures but also, more importantly, prove to yourself that you are strong.

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