When I had written the original post, I was a newbie writer with almost no experience, and a strong desire to spread some positivity in the world, no matter which corner you’re reading this from. I think it has been a couple of years since and now I feel like I have a lot more to say on that subject. Often, we ignore the baby steps that we have taken towards any kind of progress because it isn’t the main goal. But let me tell you something, a snowball always starts out as a small pile somewhere.
I get why we overlook these small victories in our lives. When your sole focus is on your goals, everything else seems meaningless in comparison. But nobody ever starts out with greatness or success. You fight. You fight until you’ve learned better. Think of it like that video game where you die way too many times before finally figuring out how to beat the hard level. Let it make you stronger and wiser because when we learn from our past, we also learn not to repeat the same mistakes twice.
This whole world feels like a warzone these days. But the small victory here is that I see people fighting to make it a better place. I see people working day in and day out to make use that we do better for the ones we’ll hand this world over to someday. It’s not about settling for the smaller things in life. Rather, it is about celebrating your victories, no matter how big or small. Because in the end, ‘success’ is a subjective concept. What you call success might not be considered so by others, but don’t let that stop you.
In our fight to get something that we deserve, everything else might seem smaller in comparison. Because all our lives, we have been taught to celebrate after we have finally realized our dreams. While this could be a good thing to motivate us, it could also just be terribly damaging because we drill it into our minds to never let the smaller victories be a part of our happiness. What we don’t understand is that success and happiness aren’t unidimensional. They are a result of our hard work and our perseverance through the good times and the bad.
Think of it as taking a breath of fresh air after a long session of scuba diving. No matter how well you survived your diving lesson, fresh air always trumps air from a tank. And that’s why, no matter how much you want to get to the finish line, it is important to stop and celebrate the little victories that we achieve along the way. If anything, call it a pit-stop during your big race. Or a checkpoint where you ‘save’ your progress. It doesn’t matter how you choose to look at it.
We humans are always looking for a tiny sliver of hope to cling on to. Some turn to their Gods, some to their beliefs, others choose to cope in different ways. Even warriors retreat at sundown to bury their dead and tend to their wounded. That doesn’t mean they stop or give up before their battle is won. You might want to fight tirelessly for what you think is right. But how are you going to be helpful at all if you aren’t in the right state of mind to go through with it? Take your small victories, my friend, they’re what will pave the way to bigger ones.
You might not want to believe that you deserve to recollect your thoughts and recharge your mind. But trust me, you do. So if today has brought in something positive your way, take it as a win, no matter how small. And then keep going. Your small victories will soon snowball into something bigger because every single one counts. It will happen. Give it time.
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