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May WE Continue to Fail – Keem Abdul



The death of a dream can be the birth of destiny.” These are simple wise words. Without a doubt, everyone could relate to this phrase in their own way.

Does it make sense to go into deep self-reflection when failed, when the world crumbles? Or should we just move on? That is a trick, there’s no answer to that! Failure is one of life’s most bitter and at the same time most curative medicines. When an individual fails at something, it could be a sign/symptom that they have areas in their life that they can grow in. But not always. Sometimes failure just happens and we cannot find the reason for it.
Failure is not only medicinal but also inevitable, both in individual and group settings. However, failure in a group can be twice as difficult because it requires a certain kind of strength and trust for failings to be withstood; specifically vulnerability. This is another word that sends chills down people’s spines and is a subject of repulsion. Yet, vulnerability is important and a gift.

Another harsh reality is that we are social beings, meaning we cannot go through this world alone. Whether we like it or not mistakes will be made and we will impact those around us. At times, we will not only fail ourselves but also others, as others will fail us. With more people at stake then there is more chance of risk and a greater fall. Nevertheless, this dynamic of failure is even more pertinent to the better development of society.

Few people know the anxiety of throwing a 2 pointer foul shot in basketball, while the audience waits in excitement along with the opposing team and even more so one’s teammates. Everyone is relieved within seconds if the shot is made and then they move quickly on to the next play. However, when the shot is missed, disappointment is all too present. Nonetheless, it is inevitable that shots will be missed; humans are not engineered for mechanical perfection in sports. Thus the way that the TEAM reacts to the missed points is what is truly exceptional. When a player misses a shot, it is a demerit on the whole team. It takes a TEAM to reboot that player’s confidence in their ability and it takes a TEAM to learn from that failure and hope to not repeat it.

Yet, just as a failure in a group is more difficult, the growth and change from the failure is much more rewarding. Great cities and societies were not built by one person but by many; genius ideas rarely come from one mind but a collective; and no great team can win just by one individual’s athleticism. It takes a TEAM!

All those great moments in history had some sort of shortcomings or failings but thank heavens those teams grew together and adapted for the sake of our present-day privileges. What if all of humanity worked as a TEAM, acknowledged failures and the death of dreams but decided to adapt and unite for the greater good? Idealistic! But worth living and striving for. Let the US continue to fail and fail forward and grow.

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