When life hits you in the gut, it hits you hard. There are times in life when you don’t want to get out of bed or don’t want to exist in this realm. You want to world to pass by as if you never existed. Stress, depression, anxiety are all part of life. I feel low-key bad for those who have never failed in life as they never tried anything more than what they could do OR only played in an arena that they knew they could win.

This is my philosophy of life: When you hit rock bottom, the only way is up. It takes courage to get up when you are low; it takes courage to get out of bed and say, “I am going to try a bit harder.” It takes courage to swallow the downfalls of an already bad day that keeps on continuing. It takes courage to rise every day.

Make no mistake; I had faced and continue to face multiple lows where I just wanted to stop breathing and let time pass for a minute. It has been either due to family, toxic work culture, financial burdens, not progressing professionally or career-wise, etc. And although most of these are non-existent anymore, there are new ones that spring up now and then. After all this time, I’ve figured that everyone is running their own race. We are not even in the same lane or race. We are all in the same game, just different levels. Fighting through the same hell, just different devils.

When you want different for yourself, you need to start moving and doing things differently; old keys don’t unlock new doors.

The most broken people are the kindest I’ve ever met and have the most enchanting smile. If you have been brutally broken and still rise with bravery and courage, to be kind, humble, and gentle to everyone around you, you are simply one of the noble people to ever walk on planet earth.

Our hearts are funny little creatures. It cares whom it cares for, loves who it wants to love, and hurts when it wants to be hurt. Our mind has no control over our hearts in terms of our emotions. I’ve never understood its functioning, in all fairness. Maybe this is what makes us human? That’s why I keep pushing towards the end goal and keep working out to build fitness even though I absolutely hate every second spent (Except running), but it’s just as important as anything else. Being successful at almost anything means having a passion for it. If you see somebody with even reasonable intelligence and a terrific passion for what they do and who can get people around them to march even when they can’t see over the top of the next hill, things are going to happen.