Clogged Pipes

I knew I shouldn’t have eaten that steak. But when someone cooks a meal for you, it’s rude to turn it down. And so I graciously accepted the dense red meat.

Alas, the enzymes in my body are not trained to deal with such immense slabs of protein. For a week after, the steak crawled through my pipes, barely digesting at all. It felt like a block of steel.

Every meal that followed was held up by the congestion. Days passed by and the troublesome, slow-moving steak let nothing slip past its wide berth. I have never felt so bloated in my entire life.

All I could do was wait. I was at the complete mercy of this large vehicle and it took forever to travel through my system. Before long, I lost my appetite because literally nothing else would fit inside my body!

When the steak finally reached the end of its slow voyage, I braced myself for the release and sensed that it was going to be a difficult birth. Sitting on the toilet, I pushed with all my might. The steak seemed reluctant to leave. I squatted there for quite some time before it showed any signs of shifting.

There was no going back now. No matter how long it took, I would remain on the toilet until the bitter end. After many painful pushes, the steak finally dislodged and came out in one solid lump.

Now that the cork was gone, a week’s worth of backlog escaped from my bowels. For the following ten minutes, a steady stream of sludge poured out of my body, my clogged pipes becoming clear once more. The sudden emptiness caused a little bit of nausea, but I was glad that the ordeal was over. Curse my mother’s cooking.

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Bouncing back from failure

There is no shame in failure.

Confucius said that ‘our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.’ There’s a lot of power in that quote. We all have setbacks or make mistakes, but you’ve just got to pick yourself up and carry on. There are lessons to be learned from every situation in life.

Last year, I tried to set up a business, but it didn’t work out. It’s been difficult for me to move on from this because I invested so much time and energy into it, though ultimately it was my dogged pursuit of this venture (and refusal to rest when my body and mind were screaming out for reprieve) that caused me to crash and burn.

It is here that I offer the analogy of a sinking ship. When my project began to founder, I was faced with the choice of trying to salvage it or let it sink to unfathomable depths. I decided to abandon ship, but I nearly drowned in the process. Afterwards, I was in a terrible state of shock and it took me a while to get over what had happened.

Luckily, I have managed to bounce back. It’s the hardest knock that I’ve ever taken, but I’m back on my feet now. Even when there seemed to be no light, I kept on trying to shine and reconnect with my true self. Eventually, I rose up again.

These days, there is so much pressure on young people to succeed. At school, we are conditioned to think that failure is bad thing, thanks to the never-ending onslaught of exams. But it is only when we make mistakes that we can truly learn and improve… when you first pick up a guitar or learn to cook, it takes time and dedication to master your craft.

Many successful people experience setbacks and failures, but they keep on pushing forward. Albert Einstein failed at many things in his life, including business and politics, but of course he made huge breakthroughs in the scientific community. If you can learn to embrace failure, then you will be less afraid to pursue your goals. And if you fail, then you can just keep on trying or learn from the experience and move on. Of course, you can always abandon ship if something isn’t working out for you.

The most important thing to remember is never give up. Whether you’re pursuing a goal or recovering from a setback, you must keep moving forward and stay true to yourself. Do not allow yourself to drown. If something is causing you pain, then maybe you should cut it from your life. If you have a dream, then maybe now is the time to make it a reality. Whatever your situation, failure is nothing to fear.