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7 Ways Of Dealing With Failure

By Amna Sultan

Author’s note: Dr.Amna (What’s wrong in dreaming), hates giving free advices but due to the continuous price hike, decided to do some pro bono work =D

Catharsis # 1: Crying

Failure- an earthquake that rocks the foundations of our lives, at some point in time. We, being pansies and wussies, cower and not combat. After a lot of brainstorming, I came up with 7 ways to deal with this nuisance based on the sentiments felt by us human beings (Wow! I sound as if it’s dirt on my shoulder). So Lo and Behold!


1 : Cry

Yes, Ladies and Gentleman. Bawl. Wail. Cry. It’s therapeutic. Cry as if the world is ending. And do it in front of the teacher. If you’re a girl, then all the better. Even the most impassive individual cannot ignore tears. You’ll surely be able to strum some of the heartstrings of the apathetic teacher and next time he could take pity on you.


Catharsis # 2: Getting angry

2: Get angry

All you ballistic individuals could capitalise on this factor. Imagine yourself to be a superwoman (or man) who’s whopping the hell out of a bellicose drunk or a sexist. Do the same with failure. Let it not intimidate you. Stare at it with a crazy look in your eyes and voila! It won’t have an effect at you at all.


3. Laugh

Catharsis # 3: Laughing like a maniac

Pass it off as a joke while crying in your heart. Exactly. Be a hypocrite (:P). Just to show the world or rather failure that you are empowered, and brave. Get your inner shrink to work a spell on your mind. Think of happy thoughts – like acing the next exam. Which would rather be a difficult feat to achieve, considering the former result and all. But who cares? We are talking about happy thoughts here. It’s good to make a cake of one’s self sometimes.

Basically your aim is to feel ecstatic and euphoric. Period.


Catharsis # 4: Mentally manhandling someone =P

4. Get physical

Yes. Pugilism is the key word here. Try to think of someone you despise. It could be your teacher. Put your mind to work and think about the various torture techniques you can inflict upon his person. My favourite being asphyxiation (:P). Many times, my friend and I have instigated murder plans and believe me, it’s rejuvenating. If it’s inspiration you’re lacking in, listen to songs like Gives you Hell and Breaking the Habit.


Catharsis # 5: Cooking

5. Cook

It’s not a matter of possessing culinary skills. Our aim is the amelioration of melancholia – failure’s compatriot. Unleash the inner Betty Crocker in you and cook like a possessed woman. May be at the end of the day, you’ll end up with a bunch of mouth-watering dishes and a rather happy disposition.


Catharsis # 6: Think Different

6. Change your outlook

Don’t take outlook in the physical sense. I don’t want you people to end up like Rihanna or Pink. It’s all about perception in this case. Don’t think about failure being the end of the world. If life hands you thorns once, then be careful the next time and purchase high-quality gloves (Not those with Made in China written on it’s wrapping). You could buy those boxing gloves, but then do not forget to gift a shiner to life. It’s high time that life realises that payback is a *****.



Catharsis # 7: Writing

Among all the seven mentioned, this is the most reliable one. Vent out all the emotions on a piece of paper and it’s my guarantee, that you’ll feel better. Example could be:

*A D grade adorning the paper just handed out by the teacher*

You write: A mélange of emotions swept through my body with sadness overpowering them all. It had inundated my soul with an intensity unknown to me. Anger soon replaced the lachrymose thoughts and I clutched the paper in my hand. Tight. And then I tore it into tiny pieces and threw them in the bin.

Realising your emotions instead of forsaking them is the key to overcome failure. Writing helps do that.