May 15, 2017

One step at a time (Encouragement Weekly Photo Challenge #8)

Mt. Daraitan Peak, Taytay Rizal, Philippines

In our fast-paced world, people's minds are moulded to believe that in order to be successful we must achieve more, more, more, and more! For most of us, the goal is not just to reach the top, but to reach it first. In our endeavours, we get blinded by what we see in others - money, power, fame and prestige.

I've been trying to compete in this environment for most of my life. Most of the time I fail to keep up with other people's paces. I would beat myself up hoping to get that motivation to keep me going. My efforts however, did not achieve long-lasting results. Soon enough, my life's colors faded, and my heart's melodies were drowned. I stopped dreaming, stopped living.

I was forced to take a break which gave me time for introspection. Because of this, I realized that the things that really matter to me, are not the things that I've been chasing. From that, I navigated through life, learning lessons, moving forward - one step at a time. I stopped trying to compete, stopped trying to keep up, and I've never been happier.

Have you felt the pressure to compete?
How do you deal with it?

Last week's encouragement: Embrace yourself

The Encouragement Weekly Photo Challenge is an online support system which seeks to speak to those who need words of encouragement, via photos. Wanna join? see Encouragement Weekly Photo Challenge Mechanics.


  1. Very personal post and helps us get an opportunity to "feel" your struggle and it ends with a question that engages us. I like it!

  2. Replies
    1. Thank you verge! How's your encouragement weekly coming? :)

  3. Hey, this looks kinda familiar.. ;P haha. Kidding. Nice to finally be able to comment here on your blog!

    I agree that in this fast-paced world, the constant competitiveness can be exhausting and overwhelming. We all need to take a breather every now and then, and remember to take life one step at a time. :)

    1. That's why I placed a comment when I saw your blog. :)

      Yes Yes! Agree! Thanks Nathalie!

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  5. i think along the way you will see that thinks you thought would make you happy, don't make you happy at all. You just have to be content with every you've got and make the most out of it!

    1. Yes certainly! :) Wherever you are, whatever it is that you're doing, it's important to be contented :)

  6. I always feel the pressure to compete but i always remind my self of my purpose on earth and the fact that it's not the same like every one else's


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