I am a dreamer, someone who likes to look at the big picture and hope for the best. I have dreamt of playing in the NBA, I have planned to move and live in a big city like London and I have applied for the big jobs at big companies like Google and Facebook. Every single time and almost every single plan has fallen to pieces. Rejection letters come through on a daily basis, I have spent time on social welfare and I have woken up and had nothing to do, nothing to look forward to. I have failed hundreds of time in my 23 years on this planet and it is these failures why I am still here today. Failure has helped mould me into the person I am, failure has motivated me to get back up and try again. You learn a lot when you succeed, when you win but I think that failure tells you so much more. Can you rebound from that setback? Dust yourself off and give it another shot? When we fall, we get back up and we learn from what happened. Failure is my teacher and I still have a lot more lessons to learn.

Why have I learned so much from failure? How can I be positive despite setbacks, slurs and negatives? It is pretty simple, I am blessed. I am a lucky dude. I could have been gone a long time ago. The trips to the hospital when I was a kid, the time I narrowly missed being trampled by a truck or the time the car skidded out of control, all the times I could have been taken and I am still here. You can’t focus too much on the setbacks when you still have air in your lungs and life in your legs. There are plenty of people who have it a lot worse than I do. Remember that, you’re lucky to still be able to get out of bed in the morning. I am home for the Easter holidays and I have had the wonderful opportunity to spend great time with my family and friends. I have felt the love, I have had so many great moments in four short days, I am lucky to be in the situation that I am in. It’s hard to get too down on myself when I think about all the good in my life. There have been and there always will be difficult times and trying periods. Some days there may not be much light, darkness may consume but in those moments remember. Remember that these difficult times won’t last forever. Remember that there are people in this world who will do anything for you. Remember that failure is part of life and we will all fail as we try to navigate life, love and whatever else is on our journey. Embrace failure, learn from it and count your blessings every morning when you wake up.

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