Life is like a car. Once you get behind the wheel, it becomes your responsibility to get to your destination no matter how bad may be the condition of the road ahead of you. Challenges are everywhere and sometimes they make you feel that you are more unlucky and miserable than others. But if you look around carefully, you would find that there is nobody in this world who would not have undergone similar experiences you have been through. Problems are part of life and there isn’t anything that can be done to strip them off completely. But as nothing happens without a reason, I think it’s also important to realize that problems are there just because there are solutions. It’s true that every problem has a solution and if you can take time to think and explore it, you can definitely find your way out. People say God has plans for each of us but I am sure they don’t always materialize if we do not strive to implement them. Whenever we are bound in a chain of problems, sitting down and crying won’t break us free. We must always have the courage to pave our path through the wilderness of time as we move forward in life.
Sometimes I feel that problems are given to us by God only to make us active and creative. Life without any challenge would definitely be very dull and quiet because people would not have to even think or interact with each other. Today, we have built a human society which respects and understands the needs of all of its members just because of the problems we share globally. I feel that challenges have taught us the value of helping one another and living in greater unity in the world. Just because we have common problems, scientists are constantly working to find solutions either through technical innovations or modern human development paradigms. Without problems, I think we would not have reached where we are today in terms of human civilization. So, I feel problems are not always as bad as they are thought to be.
When I get the opportunity to talk to youth during youth forums and other events, I often share with them a famous Japanese moral story that illustrates why we need some problems in our life. The story goes like this. Being surrounded by the ocean, fishing has been part of the Japanese people’s life. They have been surviving on fish for centuries and they have developed special taste for fish. As the demand for fish increased over the years, the fishing companies had to introduce large fishing boats for catching fishes to meet the huge market demands. The boats remained in the seas for weeks fishing and as a result, the fishes caught earlier began to lose the original taste. The Japanese people gradually began to notice the difference in taste and complained that they wanted fresher fishes. The fishing companies then installed tanks on the boats and caught fishes alive. The boats spent days on the waters catching and storing fishes alive. The Japanese people were very happy because they got to taste very fresh fishes. But after sometime, they once again began to feel something was wrong with the taste and soon learned that it was because the fishes had never been active after being caught. They noticed that lazy fishes didn’t taste as good as active ones. So they again complained. The fishing companies did not change anything this time. They took the same boats equipped with fishing tanks but this time, they caught a small shark alive and put it into the tank. The magic worked. You can just wonder how many fishes could have that small shark eaten at the most, but all those fishes that survived came ashore very active. The Japanese finally found their right food with right taste.
As illustrated in this short story, we somehow all need little sharks in our life to remain motivated and active throughout our life. When problems engulf us, it’s not the end of everything. Shying away from challenges by killing yourself is never a good solution. I feel that if those who have committed suicide so far could have waited for sometime, their problems could have certainly been resolved. All problems are a temporary phenomenon and with time, they all naturally get off your way. As HG Wells has said “Today’s crisis is tomorrow’s joke”, you might even laugh at yourself tomorrow after crossing over to the other side of the problem. Every challenge must be taken as an opportunity to strengthen your independence and learn new skills that can further push you to a better future. Instead of sitting and crying with the problems around you, it’s always worth fighting the obstacles and dragging yourself towards the brighter side of life. Otherwise, you can never progress in your journey. Always stay positive and optimistic. Nothing can drag you down if you believe in your own inner strengths and values.