It’s hard to take a leap of faith,
It’s hard to make yourself vulnerable,
But it’s even harder,
To choose to rise again after each fall.
Failure is a bully,
That beats your courage into the ground,
But you’ll only be defeated,
If you stay knocked down.
Tell yourself it was a lesson,
It was simply a practice run,
And you have plenty more chances,
So try to have a little fun.
Whether a relationship crashes,
Or your start-up falls apart,
Whether you get overlooked in the audition,
And someone else gets cast your part.
A tall oak tree in the forest,
Doesn’t grow that way over night,
It becomes strong through storms and winters,
It takes survival to reach its height.
Winters are the season,
Of the most growth!
They look dead on the surface,
But the roots are growing below.
Then when spring rolls around,
And the sun shines warmth anew,
The acorn turns into a sapling,
Eventually into the immovable force its due.
You might not have much to show for your efforts today,
You might be empty handed,
But if you keep on trying,
Your failures will be disbanded.
Failure teaches us what matters,
It teaches us what we’re made of,
It teaches us what we want from life,
It teaches us self-love
It shows us we are resilient,
It shows us who cares no matter what,
It shows us the importance,
To just keep showing up.
The beauty in having your pride fall,
Through your fingers to the floor,
Is you’ll recognize life is lighter without it,
Then it won’t burden you anymore.
Failing doesn’t mean you’re a mess,
It means you’re strong enough to try,
Winning doesn’t mean you were born a success,
It means you persevered through lows to get to high.
© Regina Mast 2016