This video clip is pretty old and isn’t filmed with the best quality camera but it’s an inspiring video nonetheless.
A Life Metaphor
This race can be a great metaphor for life. How many times have you or someone you know fallen down while pursuing a dream? How many setbacks have you had to endure? How many disappointments have you had to deal with?
The frustration, the agony, the pain, all of these emotions can easily break the average person and cause them to give up, but as the saying goes, “It ain’t over until it’s over.”
If whatever dream you’re going after is important to you, then you no matter how many times you’ve failed, get back up and try again. Until it’s impossible to keep going, you just never know what the outcome could be.
There are countless stories of people who have failed over and over again yet, ended up achieving their goal in the end. Had they given up, the outcome would’ve obviously been different. How many people who gave up on their dreams could’ve actually achieved those dreams if they kept trying? How many times are you willing to fall before you throw in the towel?
Just Trying Is Not Enough
Desire alone isn’t enough to get where you want in life though. Often times, people fail because they’re doing the wrong things so it’s a good idea to evaluate your plan of action and see where it can be improved. Getting help from those who have walked before you can give you a huge advantage and help save you time.
“Giving Up” the Right Way
There are also instances where “giving up” is actually the best option. Most of the dreams people have, if they said it out loud, tend to deal with material things. However, if you look deeper into why you want those things, you’ll discover in most cases that what you really want is a feeling, an experience. Whether it be freedom, power, respect, love, or any other feeling, THAT’S what you’re really after.
If this is the case for you, then giving up on a path toward experiencing that feeling and going on a new path toward that same feeling isn’t really giving up at all. You’re basically just walking a different path toward the same thing.
Let’s say you run for an office because you want to make changes in your city but you end up losing. If your main goal was to feel like you’re contributing and making a difference, you can still reach that same goal through other means even if you never end up being elected for anything.
Whatever your dream is, whatever type of life you want to experience, work hard at accomplishing it. You’re going to have challenges and setbacks, hey, that’s life, but don’t let that force you to give up on the things you want most. What else would you do with your life if you weren’t actively pursuing the life you want?