Endure the storm to relish the rainbow

Maisam IltafAbout the author: Maisum Iltaf Arbab is a former student of Star Educational Society in Quetta, Pakistan. He is currently a writer and EFL instructor.

Sometimes, I discern several things when sitting at my computer  in a serene and tranquil room. I reflect on my hard times and figure out where I am standing now. Sometimes, I look at myself in my full-length mirror and complain about why I am so feeble and defenseless to fight rigors and adversities of life. Then I recall my  grandma who once said, “Life’s adversities and challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, but help you discover who you are, my son! Life is beautiful, but not always easy, and it has several problems. The challenge lies in facing them with fortitude, letting the beauty of life act like a balm, which makes the pain bearable and provides hope during trying times.”

Needless to say, life is fetching and wondrous – a celebration of being alive, but one ought to stay ready to face the challenges. An individual who has not encountered difficulties in life can rarely find success. Hardship keeps us stout and bold to face life rigors with equanimity. Difficulties test our courage, moxie, patience and perseverance. Likewise, there can be no gain without pain, it is only when one toils and sweats that success is nourished and sustained.

Moreover, life is not just a bed of roses; thorns are also a part of it and we should accept them just as we accept the beautiful side of life. The thorns remind us of how success and felicity can be evasive and that we should not feel woeful and disheartened. Instead, we should remember that the pain of thorns is short-lived, and the beauty of life would instantly surmount and overcome the pricks of thorns.

Those, who are under the impression that life is a bed of roses are disillusioned soon and become victims of depression and disappointment. Those who face difficulties with courage and accept success without letting it go to their head are the ones who experience peace and contentment in their lives.

Those, who assume that good times last forever, easily succumb to the pressure while facing difficulties. They don’t put in the required effort because they quit too easily. A student, who burns the midnight oil, makes sacrifices and resists temptation so that he can perform well is a good example. Similarly, a businessman has to face the ups and downs of life, keeping in mind that life is a mix of success and failure, joy and sorrow and so forth. Espousing the philosophy that hard work will generate better consequences is needed.

If someone despairs during arduous times, he wouldn’t reach the big time and would be surpassed by others. Even the fiercest and strongest Kings and Emperors have had their cup of woes. Here, life has not been a bed of roses for them. The adage “uneasy lays the head that wears the crown” has been rightly used for people who are enjoying their ascendancy and authority.

To sum up, life is as beautiful as roses but has challenges approximating those of thorns. Needless to say, they have to be faced. Those who accept these challenges and succeed, are the ones who know how to live life in its true sense. Thus, enjoy life but also be prepared to bear the pricks of pain. After all, success is far from guaranteed!