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You know how it is, when success is far, when setbacks are near, when failure is left, right, up and down, when friends are few and nowhere near, when life is hard, when food is scarce, when electricity is rare, when faith is slim and doubt is big.
You know how it is, when more hard work leads to more hardship, when the world urges you to quit, when detractors cackle and friends ask you to give up. You know how it is, when there seems to be hell on earth, when the sun is too harsh, and cold is too cold, when you look front you see darkness, you look back you see darkness, when it seems nothing is working.
You know how it feels, when you keep pushing hard, when the same small and consistent steps begin to show results, when things begin to take shape, when even you are surprised, and detractors begin to say they always knew you would make it.
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You know, I have lived long enough, and got white hair by the way, to know that whether here in Washington D.C. where I am writing this with all the basic things I always wanted, or over there, wherever you’re reading it with your own challenges, setbacks, and doubts, the truth remains that if you keep pushing, one day, you will look back and realize you’re who and where you wanted to be.
Simon Ateba is the publisher of todaynewsafrica.com in Washington D.C.