Demand the impossible, be realistic.

I don’t know if I’m even allowed to write such a post. But as far as my short life is concerned, this has been the most difficult as well as the most humbling experience. Unfortunately, I don’t think this is going to be the last, for although life is indeed full of joy and nice surprises, those only mean as much because they usually follow hardship and disappointment. So this is for the future me, and perhaps for the future you as well, who will one day feel like we’ve been thrown into a dark bottomless pit… once again. This is for the future you and I, saying ‘Remember, this is not the first, nor the last. And… yes, there will be a light at the end of the tunnel. All that may vary is the length of that tunnel and maybe the brightness of that light, but after all is said and done, the tunnel will end one day’.

If I had to pick out one single most important and valuable lesson I have learned the past year, it is that there is a fine line between ‘being confident’ and ‘being arrogant’. It’s good to be confident, to believe in yourself and in your talent and skills. After all, if you don’t believe in yourself, how will you convince others to do so? But that shouldn’t allow you to ‘overestimate’ yourself and when all is said and done, there comes a time you really have to be objective about who you are and what you can do. There are many factors that have led you to think you’re awesome, such as supportive parents, simple luck, and a positive environment. But the moment you decide to escape from that small cocoon of yours and try to expand your horizons a bit further, it is not hard to notice all the thousands of other ‘awesome’ people just like you.

So, yes, sorry Che, this is probably not the way you would have wanted your quote to be used, but…

Be a dreamer, demand the impossible, but be realistic.

You have heard too much of ‘Pursue your dream’, ‘Do all you can to make your dreams come true’, ‘Dream as you will live forever’ or ‘Dream big’, for one more person to tell you the same.

Well, I’m saying, we can’t all be extraordinary. I do believe that each one of us is special, each in our own way, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re all destined for great things. So lay back, assess yourself, and yes, choose the best you can do with what you have, but not the greatest you can do with what you think you have. And then, perhaps, one day, with the right amount of luck and effort, you may achieve those qualities and strengths you thought you had in the first place.

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