The Feeling of Being Incompetent

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We have phases in our lives where we feel like we have it all figured out: we know our strengths, what we want, and we’re willing to commit ourselves to our goals. But along the way comes the unexpected, shattering the solid perspective we’d acclimated to. Like a bolt of lightning, the stability and confidence we used to take pride in get uprooted.

What we once believed to be reality, both internal and external, gets questioned. Seeds of doubt plant themselves in our hearts. They begin germinating and contaminating our progress. Like weeds, they feast on the needs of the flourishing flora inside us. Soon enough, the once promising garden in our mind gets ravaged by the foul tendrils of scepticism. The once-blooming vegetation withers into Death’s womb. And in a matter of moments, both you and those around you are left to wonder – was there ever really a vibrant ecosystem thriving in this now desolate landscape?

Yet memory reminds you vividly. You swore you’d experienced prosperity here, that your perception couldn’t have lied. And then, when it all trickles down into every crevice of your repulsing mind, the stark bitterness stings your tongue and envelops your soul. You lost it all, in nothing but an instant. Happiness, balance, hope, certainty, determination. All because of an eclipse sheltering you from the blistering sizzle of truth. How blissful it was, indeed, but how better off you’d be if you’d been exposed to it earlier. You wouldn’t have to be in this bewildered, pathetic state.

But over time and through endurance, you accept the situation and normalise. The alterations that first overwhelmed you now cease to pose a threat. The weight that seemed unbearable now becomes an ordinary lift. The weeds that encumbered the land now stand reclaimed by it. The barren surface that dominated your sight gets subdued by Earth’s offspring. Fogs clear, barriers break, obstacles are overcome and limitations surpassed.

That feeling of inadequacy you felt didn’t last after all. You leased a spot for it in your mind, but in the end, it wasn’t able to afford the security of your new self. And that’s when you kicked that toxic feeling to the curb!

So remember that your current state is not an anomaly. A number of people are in the same boat as you right now. And just like the many others who’ve passed this stage, if you choose to believe in your innate strength and ability to adapt, you have a wonderful future ahead of you.

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You’re Always Special to Someone

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Sometimes you feel like no one cares about you – like everyone is indifferent to your existence. Sometimes you feel really lonely and unloved.

Well, this is a feeling that many can relate to, especially in the modern era. With the rise of technology and the loss of human contact, this is accentuated: the individual faces alienation as they become a mere asset, losing their uniqueness: you’re only a student, an employee, a male/female, etc. Your identity is lost and your individuality becomes irrelevant.

Well, William Wordsworth recognised this problem all the way back in the 19th century. In particular, he recognised a woman named Lucy whose isolation and loneliness he empathised with. The true identity of this female is unknown, but what is known is that the poet, at least through his ‘Lucy poems’, shows real caring and love towards her.

So in this article, we’re gonna explore one of those poems called ‘She Dwelt among the Untrodden Ways’.

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Don’t Delay Your Dreams!

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“What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?”

~ Langston Hughes

Dreams are something that keep us going and reflect our deepest desires. They are the ultimate goals we have for ourselves. Their accomplishment could mean the world for us.

In his poem “Dream Deferred” (also known as “Harlem”), Langston Hughes talks about what happens when you postpone your dreams. Does it matter? Will the consequences be significant? Let’s find out.

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Helpful Quotes to Celebrate 10 Posts!

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We did it, guys! We officially hit 10 posts on the blog (minus the intro article).

A big thank you to all the followers here as well as on Facebook. And a big thank you for the lovely comments you’ve been leaving on both platforms. Has been motivating and encouraging for me.

To celebrate this occasion, I’ve compiled a list of 5 quotes by philosophers and writers you might find helpful. Feel free to leave suggestions for future topics in the comments or Contact Form.

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