Thankful Tuesdays #13 – A Challenge I Overcame

Written as part of 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge which I’m attempting this year.


A Challenge I Overcame

Week 13 – Thankful Tuesdays

It’s hard to find self-belief when the situations in life and the people around you both seem to be against you and not giving you a chance to redeem whatever failures or shortcomings you have. And in a career oriented world, the most challenging phase I have encountered to date is academic.

I don’t know how a single subject could make me miserable. True, there were others that stumped me back then too, but it was that one which was the most difficult to pass and one that most of my batchmates, let alone classmates, couldn’t find their way past either. It was either failure or just past the line for most. I ended up on the former side.

It’s only human to compare. But to do so at that time, when I was demoralized, was inhuman at the very least. It came from quite a few sides. Why had I not passed? My answer was clear, and it was the truth, but what am I to do when the truth is unacceptable. On the personal front too, things were cloudy. It pushed me to the edge, and almost over.

These are times when I truly realize, and am thankful for, the beautiful thing called friendship. They who knew why and could accept that did so, and they helped me to believe that I could rise from defeat. It took me many attempts, but it was they who stood by me in those times and helped me to overcome that challenge and win over it.

It helped me reach where I am. There are few who still hold on to that past of mine and bring it up to compare, tell me I could have been in a much better position if I hadn’t failed. Maybe I would have, maybe I wouldn’t have. I don’t know that.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery, today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present.” – this quote which I’ve heard Master Oogway say to Po in Kung Fu Panda still echoes in my ears. And I’m thankful for the present which was the mystery when I overcame that challenge. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

(© 31st March 2015)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

2 thoughts on “Thankful Tuesdays #13 – A Challenge I Overcame”

  1. 🙂 Friends play a huge role in many of our lives don’t they.

    Nice post Leo. And I am glad you did overcome your challenge. 🙂

    Loved the new look by the way! 🙂

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