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SHADOWS & LIGHTS

FEAR & HOPE

This has been a week of fear and hope for me. Are you also aggressively hoping for something good to happen to you?

4 May 2014 Sunday 00:19
by ÖZNUR ÇEVİK

This has been a week of fear and hope for me. Are you also aggressively hoping for something good to happen to you? Do you wake up in the morning excited and expectant about life? I realized, we can do that by learning how to celebrate and enjoy this journey called life.

If you think about it, hope is fear’s antithesis. In a way, hope is the reality we wish to see in the future, and fear is its shadow.

Fear simply represents what could go wrong. Our inability to see—let alone control—our futures makes us anxious that the shadow will overtake the well-lit dream.

The difficult part is overcoming that shadow with courage and hope. It’s something I struggle with everyday. It’s something with which we all struggle.

But when I feel as if the chips are stacked against me, deep down a little voice shouts out from underneath all of that emotional rubble and says, “Don’t give up, Oznur. Keep going. Keep fighting.”

I attribute this bravado to my parents. My whole life my mom would say those three words to me, “Never give up,” and my dad would tell me, “You can be whoever you want to be, and you’ll be great at it.”

Funny how easy it is for a child to accept such words, but when you cross that line of adulthood, you seem to forget the ease of believing in hope.

Nonetheless, that voice of mine sprouts up when I need to hear it most. And every time it does, I get a surge of energy pumped through my heart as if someone was resurrecting me. I feel as if nothing can stop me, and I believe in hope once again.

It’s a hard thing to do sometimes, but it’s necessary.

Although I’d encourage not devoting too much thought to the future, if you can’t seem to shake those shadows, just remind yourself of what it is you’re hoping for down the road and give yourself a pep talk to achieve those dreams.

After all, you’re still that vulnerable, moldable child underneath that aged surface, and that child still needs to hear those words of encouragement.

Take my parents for instance. They have been holding on for years and years, working to get a business running during very hard times, but they haven’t faltered.

Of course, there were, a lot of bumps on their road, but sure progress moves in baby-steps, and their dreams, their hopes, inched closer to becoming reality day after day.

When I need encouragement to press onward, all I need to do is think of what my parents went through and how they made me smile and love life just as easily as when I was growing up.

That’s where that voice of mine comes from. We all have it; you just need to dig deep enough to find yours.

Hope is not a bad thing. Hope keeps us alive; it encourages us to reach out for the good of humanity, to keep on truckin’ even when we think the goings are just too tough.

Until next week keep cool and healthy!


Tags: FEAR & HOPE, FEAR, &, HOPE
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