A summer day on a beach in Gaza
1. A Palestinian man plays with his son at the beach in the west of Gaza City, Gaza Strip on June 14, 2013. (Ali Ali/EPA)
2. Palestinian children spend time on a beach in the Deir al-Balah Palestinian refugee camp, situated along the Mediterranean coast in the central Gaza Strip, on June 14, 2013. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)
There’s two ways to go about things, two ways that you can approach negative events in your life.
You can blame yourself. You can pity yourself. You can cry yourself to pieces in the shower or at night, you can tear yourself down and make yourself feel like it was never worth the fight. You can lose the fight. You can break your heart yourself, you can stare up at the heavens and doubt your meaning. You can fail, and you can allow that failure to seep through every pore of your body.
Or, you can fall. And then, as you’re laying at the bottom, you can look up. You can rise. You can watch yourself grow, watch yourself learn. You can find truth in every mistake. You can find failure as nothing but motivation, failure as nothing but another leap on the broken wooden bridge - another step forward, farther from falling. You can allow yourself to slowly move forward, practice and practice and practice until the mistake is gone, until failure was nothing but one movement towards success.
And then, you can take the splinters of a broken dream, and kindle a new fire.
Don’t give up.