Han­dling life’s pres­sures is key

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Kgomotso Ng­wenyama

MANY times we find our­selves frus­trated when our lives don’t go a cer­tain way. This is ow­ing to the de­sire to con­form to so­ci­ety’s set stan­dards of liv­ing and its def­i­ni­tion of suc­cess.

It is un­der­stand­able that ev­ery­one wants suc­cess and pros­per­ity. How­ever, the prob­lem starts when we want it all at a cer­tain time. So­ci­ety has led us to be­lieve that suc­cess trans­lates to at­tain­ing cer­tain ma­te­rial pos­ses­sions by a cer­tain age.

It is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that each one of us runs a sep­a­rate race.

We all have our own des­tinies and this means we won’t all have the same things at once or even at­tain the same lev­els of suc­cess. It is your re­spon­si­bil­ity to take con­trol of your mind and not al­low pres­sures of life to cause you to feel like a fail­ure.

It’s all well to up­hold cer­tain mo­rals and codes of con­duct, but it’s even more im­por­tant to recog­nise that our paths are unique. We can­not all have the same bless­ings.

A per­son’s qual­ity of life can­not be mea­sured by how well they’ve lived up to so­ci­ety’s ex­pec­ta­tions. We must be grate­ful for what we have while work­ing to­wards achiev­ing our goals with­out feel­ing in­fe­rior.

Con­stant feel­ings of fail­ure cause de­pres­sion.

No mat­ter how dif­fi­cult your life may seem, hold your head up high and con­tinue on your path. Do not com­pare your progress to that of oth­ers be­cause it may make you feel like less of an achiever.

Do not let so­ci­ety dic­tate how you should live your life and at what pace you should move. Use your friends’ suc­cess as a mo­ti­va­tor and not a mea­sure by which you should rate your self-worth. Pha­l­aborwa, Lim­popo

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