Years ago when I first started to learn French, my vocabularies were so limited that I wasn’t able to read or comprehend anything written in length. Despite the obstacle, my desire to read in French was so strong that I just didn’t want to give upon it.
One day, while wandering in the campus bookstore, I stumbled upon this book, Grandir, un jour à la fois. (Growing up, one day at a time.)
On the inside pages of this book, each date comes with a quote. Today is October 13. The quote of the day is by Ralph Waldo Emerson. “La victoire n’est pas de ne jamais tomber, mais bien la capacité de se relever chaque fois.” (Victory is not that we never fall; rather, is our ability to stand back up each time.)
A beautiful quote that is timeless.
We should never be afraid to fail and fall, because our failure and fall make us understand what we truly are passionate about doing in life. In addition to the conventional definition, in my opinion, victory can also be defined as the revelatory self-realization of what our true calling or purpose is after each and every failure and fall that we have experienced.
If we never fail or fall, we have never truly lived. After all, failing and falling are parts of human experience.