As I stood there looking into the faces of all the parents, my brain just stopped working. I had no idea about what to say and so I just said “thank you” and walked away. How embarrassing! I remember that day like yesterday.
The previous day, I had gone for my first basketball match outside school. It was a bummer; we lost and needless to say, I was, well, you could say more than just sad. When I got back home, I got a call saying I had to make a speech the next day. So, I started preparing and slept only after I was confident about the whole lecture.
Just like always, I practised a million times and I had the same adrenaline rush before going on stage. I started the speech with a smile, said good morning and boom! I lost track of why I was on stage and why there was a mike in my hand. All I could do was say thank you and go my way. Talk about going through a bad time!
Later a good friend told me, “It’s not about whether you suck at something or if you’re a big success. What really matters is that you never, ever give up”! That got me thinking. So what if a hundred people saw me fail on stage? At least I had the courage to go up till there.
Now, I don’t mind talking in front of an audience because before every time I go up there, I just think of my good friend and I go up there determined to prove it to those people who were there in that audience that I have got what it takes to make it big!
Yes, I’ve heard the same dialogue in a million movies but it actually works when you can relate to it. Well, if you are going through a failure or an embarrassing moment, remember only you know that failing is not a difficult thing but moving on is the difficult part.
So, prove the world wrong, move on and teach the world to never, ever give up hope.
SARAH, X, Spartan School
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