By Omar Bihmidine
By Omar Bihmidine
Morocco World News
Sidi Ifni, Morocco, April 8, 2012
I strongly believe that no one on this earth has lived without having gone through an ordeal or an excruciating experience at some point in his or her life. Some people might argue and say that they have never gone through such things, but they should bear in mind that they will sooner or later have such experiences. During my schooldays, I admit that I went through different failures and some tragic moments. Yet, I never gave up hope until I realized my dream and will never give up again in the days or years to come.
In fact, I have no idea why some people, especially students who, once they encounter a difficulty, begin to complain and even think of dropping out of their classes and the like. They might excuse their misfortunes by saying that they received a bad grade or that they will never become what they have always aspired to become simply because of this.
I understand that the people in question do not simply believe in the often-quoted saying which goes, “It is never too late to become what you might have been.” Here, one might become whatever they aspire to become no matter what the circumstances are, what disabilities one has and how low one’s grades are. I am completely certain about this, for I have believed in it and found out that it has led to so many fruitful results.
We all know that success and failure are integral parts of our lives, though the latter is a far more common one. By looking back on some celebrities in different domains, I have realized that they too experienced failures, misfortune, and a sense of helplessness and hopelessness. But, what has really attracted a great attention in me is that every time I try to compare their misfortunes with ours, I always find that theirs is much more remarkable than ours. In other words, they experienced even greater challenges and setbacks!
So, how come those who went through much more devastating and hopeless experiences than ours managed to become celebrities late in their lives? And we who constantly complain about petty problems and so-called misfortunes have done nothing noteworthy so far. Here lies the secret of never giving up hope, and the following are the pre-eminent figures behind it.
Winston Churchill failed sixth grade and after that was defeated in every election for public office.
Charles Darwin was considered by all his teachers and his father to be a very ordinary boy below the common standard of intellect.
Thomas Edison was fired from his first jobs for being non-productive and too stupid.
Albert Enstein did not speak until he was 4 years old and could not read until he was 7.
Our Moroccan author, Mohamed Choukri, who started learning to read and write at the age of 21.
Louis Pasteur ranked 15th out of 22 students in chemistry.
Emily Dickinson, who had only seven poems published during her life.
John Milton, my favorite poet, who wrote Paradise Lost while completely blind.
Charlie Chaplin whose pantomime was considered nonsense at the start of his acting career.
Beethoven, who was described to be hopeless as a composer, wrote five of his symphonies while completely deaf.
Leo Tolstoy dropped out of school at a very early age and was described as unable and unwilling to learn.
Helen Keller, an American author, political activist and lecturer was a deaf and blind person.
For nearly 20 years, Gertrude Stein submitted poems to editors and only one was at last accepted.
Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor simply because he was not imaginative enough to come up with good ideas.
Omar Bihmidine is a high school teacher of English. He obtained his Associate Degree at Choaib Eddoukali University in 2008. His writings take the form of short stories, poems and articles, many of which have been published in Sous Pens magazine, in the ALC magazine in Agadir, and in the late Casablanca analyst newspaper.
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