By Mohammed Al-Hajeri

Lives are brought into and out of this world on a daily basis. Some dreams are lived out while others are shattered. That’s life for you. It’s pretty cool to set yourself goals every now and then, but it’s even better when you achieve them. Then again, what’s life without dreams? What’s life without goals? What’s life without passion?

Everyone has a certain potential in life. Most never end up fulfilling them, and that’s ok, it totally is. Not everyone is destined for greatness. Not everyone is prepared to take their leap of faith, the leap that with no doubt will have them soaring with success, achieving everything they set their mind to.

Now, destiny is an interesting thing, because the only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. Whoever you are, and whoever that may be, just know that whatever it is that’s holding you back, is the very thing that separates you from the crowd. We all have our inner demons, we all go through anguish, pain, guilt, and we all grieve our losses.

I’m not going to sit here and tell you that all these negative feelings won’t leave their mark on you. What I can do is tell you, that you don’t truly realize your greatest strength, until you come face to face with your greatest weakness, because only then, will you be able to channel all your feelings into strength, and only then, will you be able to grow into something else, someone else.

There comes a time in one’s life when he or she will transition one’s way of thinking from what could be and what could have been. To think of all that could be is to live with potential, but to look back and think of what could have been, is to live with regret. Make your move, and smile upon reminiscing beautiful memories, smile at all the times you stepped out of your comfort zone, at all the times you proved others wrong, at all the times you proved yourself wrong.

So what if you don’t succeed at first, so what if you fail, over and over again. Failure defeats losers but inspires winners. Make most of life. You can either live out your years as though it was one day, repeating the same old routine, over and over again, or live every day as if there was no tomorrow, making the most out of every opportunity, and learning from your mistakes. Don’t squander your potential by living a life that amounts to far less than the one you’re capable of living.