Crashing Waves

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Head Above Water

What a week! I have been through the wringer and the only way that I have been able to get through the week was to take it one day at a time. There is simply no other way. Each day had its own challenges which differed daily. Just when I thought that I was getting used to the chaos, I am humbled by the fact that if I can get some things on my list done for the day, that is enough.

A mixture of conversations throughout the week had me reflecting on the fact that the challenges we face and overcome help prepare us for the next phase in our lives. Have you ever felt that if you did not go through a certain experience, you would not be prepared enough for another? Despite the chaos of the week, I am happy. In a strange way, here is where I am meant to be. There is a design to these struggles and challenges - and somehow everything will be alright.

This is the kind of positive thinking, faith and hope that every entrepreneur, every person needs in life. In my opinion, after the planning and preparation, we also need to account some luck and faith for our success. Hard work pays off. This is what we are taught as children. And when the going gets tough, our true character and intentions are revealed.

Yeah, my life is what I’m fighting for
Can’t part the sea, can’t reach the shore
And my voice becomes the driving force
I won’t let this pull me overboard
— Avril Lavigne, Head Above Water

Going through this week, I met up with some friends, worked on a couple of brandings and design projects and started incorporating some healthier choices in my diet. I did not write as much in my journal, but in the little moments of the day, I have been trying to keep a grateful and positive attitude. There really is not much to reaching your goal. You either make the effort to change what you need to change to make things better for you or you do not. You can accelerate the process through discipline or fortitude, slow down, decide to stay the same or take a different path.

I will continue to get back on track and stay positive with all the work and new experiences to come. I need to be reminded that my past experiences have helped shape me to be the person that I am today. The challenges to come will test me, but maybe by some miracle, I will be ready to face them with true humility and grace.

I hope this is a reminder to you to also take your journey to success day by day. Focus on what you can do for the day as best as you can. And overtime, every day you have worked and hustled for will pave the path to your dreams. I am laughing at the fact that even after this wave, there is another one coming. I know that now. There is no way to avoid it. We may suffer now, we may struggle now, we may lose our way. But in these times, we are fighting to stay afloat, in our thoughts, minds and hearts.

We are built to withstand every crashing wave. Just like how water can smooth the rough edges of rock, our challenges are slowly changing and shaping us. Stand firm and true, yet let your struggles shave off your fears and insecurities. So at the end, what is left is your true self - someone who is brave against any storm. ■

Patricia Atienza