Believe: Mela and Rach

Monday, March 5, 2018

When in doubt... pause, take two deep breaths, and silently tell yourself: "To Believe. Just Believe. Believe. Believe. Believe." You can clench your fists tight while saying this if it helps. 

It sounds silly now but based on experience, the best way to fight any doubt is to actually make yourself believe that there is nothing to worry about. ‘Cause at the end of the day, what’s holding you back is you and to live life the way you'd want to, it'll be important for you find ways to fight the waves of anxiety and fear that’ll constantly bombard you.

This month has been a crazy mix of highs and lows both mentally, physically and even emotionally. I’ve been currently on a job hunt sending out resum├ęs to companies. I’ve been battling out the laziness of the freezing winter weather by being more active through daily exercise and by being more productive through reading writing and exploring. I even can't help but be anxious and overthink most especially during down times.

It’s difficult to not question yourself and your choices when you don’t know the end to all your means but I’ve come to realize that it’s actually okay. Not knowing is actually a good thing  cause there’s more to uncertainty than what meets the eye. I even wrote a story about it here

Anyway, February despite being a mix of peaks and pitfalls will always be one of my favorite months every year cause well it’s my birth month and I know there are so many blessings to be thankful for. For ever set of 365 days I’m given on February 13, I’m always grateful to everyone and everything that has made my life fully my own. For my family and friends and well to the stories, adventures, memories, challenges, downfalls and all the things that make my life really interesting, thank you for making my life nothing but incredible. 

I guess what makes this year's February extra special is that I’m hitting it off more independently in another country for the very first time. I’ve got to do so many things on my own. I got to celebrate my birthday in the most intimate yet special way possible. I also got to catch up with my high school best friend who I haven’t seen for years. I even luckily got a second job interview in a beautiful office in Manhattan which hopefully I get feedback soon. And since it’s Lent, I’ve been more motivated to practice mindfulness in my daily lifestyle. 

My February has been interesting so far and it's ironic cause even with all these things happening, I’ve been more inspired to share my thoughts and learnings lately. 

So I'm sure you're wondering why I'm sharing my own February insanity with all of you. Well cause despite its craziness, I’ve been actually feeling good about myself. And it’s not just cause of my own efforts. I'm constantly reminded of something simple yet powerful: To believe.

So for this month’s stor-we, I focused on believing because I know everyone is battling out their own daily struggles and it’s nice to be reminded that having faith in oneself can actually make personal challenges into wonderful epiphanies. I know there will be times when you believe in something so much and it doesn’t turn out the way as planned so it's pointless. But think again…It’s better that you believed you could and did it rather than you regret you couldn’t and didn’t do anything at all. 

I’m sure 'believing' isn’t new to you. People tell you this always but ask you listen to them or hear them out?  ‘Cause these are two different things and one of which can make all the difference. Take for example my life lately.The simple act of believing has made me reach father than I could even imagine. I’m currently living in New York City, miles away from what I was used to. So I guess what I’m trying to say is this: 

To believe is to BE-LIVE. Whenever you believe, you simply let yourself be and you allow yourself to fully live. By constantly saying this, you convince yourself to live beyond  all doubts and fears and to live life your way. I know life will never be easy with unwanted burdens and uncalled for challenges, but what matters is you trust that whatever you do is for you and because of you. And in whatever circumstance good or bad, you’ll always know that you lived life trying, experiencing and learning because you made yourself believe in possibilities and not just drown in fear. This is what makes life worth-living… you living your purpose, your way." 

Also, to make this Stor-We more interesting, I invited my cousin Mela to share her thoughts and stories on the theme as she too is a firm believer of chasing dreams and pursuing passions... This is what she has to say: 

"I want to think that I go by the saying, “Believe you can, and you’re halfway there” because I know life will never be easy, and nothing worth it will ever be served to you on a golden plate.

I think we need to always bear in mind that pain and suffering is definitely inevitable. However, changing your perspective, having faith and courage, and continuously trying to find your purpose amidst all the chaos in the world, that’s always a choice … it’s never impossible."

So I guess this is me telling you to believe in yourself not just now but all the time. When in doubt, remember that it’s better to believe in making life worthwhile now than being too late and never. Take the first step .Live life your way. Believe. You got this. 


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