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These people see life as punishment from cradle to the grave - by S

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Life is not always perfect; it is what you make of it

Nitec student-inmate from institution TM1

Consolation Prize

Life is beautiful and yet it is not a bed of roses. Though every flow must have its ebb, life has many facets of blessings and happiness. However, the reality for some people is that life is hard and cruel. These people see life as punishment from cradle to the grave. They have resigned themselves to fate, erroneously believing that all is doomed. To them, nothing they do can ever be good. At the drop of a hat, they break the law to avenge their grievances. Oftentimes, they have lost every sense of direction. If left unbridled, some of them are wont to commit suicide just to escape the perceived injustice life has meted out to them.

Conversely, there are those who see life as a channel of discovery and innovation - a prospect for success and a gateway to wealth. To them, life is adventurous, Colourful, and kind. No matter the situations they find themselves in, they remain dauntless Suffice to say, these people are the quintessence of the adage," "Where there is life, there is hope".

Personally, I have come to realise that life in this material plane will never be perfect. Why? The reason is because problems are part and parcel of life. Nevertheless, the will to improve the quality of it lies within an individual domain. We can live life to the fullest with utmost Satisfaction and fulfilment, provided we are Steely in mind, body and soul to better our circumstances if we are discontent with the way things are. For instance, in our health, attitudes, lifestyles and human connections. Considering, life can be rueful if were to take everything for granted and wait on fate to play itself out.

To aid us, our mind is the most powerful tool if harnessed correctly. Our mind controls our thoughts and beliefs. It can change outlook; this means that we can choose to see the glass as half-empty of half-full. It Is always a matter of perspective and a series of consequences. That said a focused mind with drive has never failed. This is because a rout resolute mind develops one's grit and mettle - regardless of the odds which may preclude us, or even if things appear fogged imperfect or unyielding at first.

On the whole, life may not be perfect and notwithstanding the cards we were dealt, we can take heart that every cloud has a silver lining. Therefore, I close this essay with a meaningful quote by the legendary, Muhammed Ali, who once said, "Do not count your days, but make your days count.”


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