The True Arts Of Letting Go

Posted: September 1, 2019 in My Personal Essay

Letting go is really hard, especially when you have to let go of something you really want, whether it’s a great opportunity, someone you really liked or loved or even any expectations you had about something. I don’t think anyone knows how to completely let go or not fall back from time to time if they do, but there are definitely ways to make it easier for you to let go when you relentlessly don’t want to let go.

“What is destined will reach you, even if it be underneath two mountains. What is not destined, will not reach you, even if it be between your two lips”

Anything that feels forced or harder than it should be or causes you pain and distress are not meant for you. Having this mentality or faith will help you overcome the reluctance that comes with making a decision of whether or not you should let go. Things that are meant for you have a way of flowing smoothly into your life. The more you fight for something that is not meant for you, the more it will fight you. You may get what you want in the end, but it may not last and you may not feel at ease with it. The beauty of things that are meant for you is that they just happen; against all odds. We are just programmed to complicate life sometimes.

“The only thing more unthinkable than leaving was staying; the only thing more impossible than staying was leaving.”

Letting go is really painful when you feel “stuck” and it can sometimes seem impossible to do, but the truth is if you reach this point, it means that you’ve been trying so hard to make this thing work in your favor, or reach your goal, and it sometimes feels like we’ve tried so hard or come a long way that if we let go now, it will feel like a waste of time given the time and effort we invested in it. But nothing is ever a waste of time, even if it feels like it is, we are here to make mistakes and learn lessons to grow as individuals, if we keep holding on to toxic situations or toxic people because we’ve already done too much or it’s too late to change things, we are only setting ourselves up for a miserable life. There is power in letting go, a power that brings more peace and serenity than being stuck in situations that make your heart a bit heavier each and every day.

“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.”

This outlook really helps you move on and let go faster. Same notion that when one door closes another opens. Life opens new doors for you all the time; imagine you are a key to multiple doors and you just think you can only open one door. We have so much potential, so many talents, so many kind things to give back to the world. We have so many keys to open so many doors. When you leave one door behind and lock that door, you will be surprised by the number of doors that were waiting to be opened by you and only you. Some endings are not bad; sometimes they are not even endings — just bridges to new beginnings.

“I think part of the reason we hold on to something so tight is that we fear something so great won’t happen twice.”

Here’s another reason why we hold on to things or people longer than we should. We convince ourselves that good things won’t happen twice; we will not be able to find someone who is that great again or who makes us feel this way again. Or we won’t be able to find a job like that again, or something we are that passionate about again. The truth is, you will always find something or someone that makes you feel this way again, new passions will emerge and good things will happen twice and as many times as they want, and will probably be a better and more convenient fit for you. If you look back on your life, you will find yourself laughing at certain situations when you thought you would never move on from someone, or how you held on to something so tightly only to realize later that it was wrong for you. Great things happen to us all the time in different shapes or forms; we just like to focus on the things that are not so great. Holding on to something out of fear that it will never happen again, is the definition of fear. We have to be fearless in letting go.

“See it for what is, not what you want it to be.”

The truth is if you reach a point where letting go is the only option, it usually means that this thing or someone already let you go. You are trying to stay in a place where you are not welcome anymore. The mind has a funny of way of tricking us into believing certain things to make it less painful for us, or put it in a way that doesn’t really hurt our pride or break our heart, but we have to look at it the way it is, the way it is being portrayed to us, not the way we want to see it. This is not an optical illusion, this is a reality, and in reality what you see is what you get. If an opportunity passed you by, it didn’t really want to stop at your station, if someone let you go, they didn’t really want to stay, if someone else got what you were praying for, this blessing was not written for you to begin with and you will be blessed in another way. As you keep learning the art of letting go, let go of your fear, of your past, of your mistakes, of your insecurities, of your failures, of your self-doubt. Forgive yourself enough to let go of the parts of you that dim your light.

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Race Period
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We’ve got 3 cute and cuddly creatures for you – with whom will inspire you in your running journey!

Small in size but fast, the Fox dashes his way through the race. Get active with him as you run about! After running with the Fox, check out that Koala on the eucalyptus tree! Shh.. he’s snoozing away, don’t wake him up! Rest gets you a long way. Lastly, travel to the magical land of Unicorns. There, your dreams of a fitter you will come true, as you work hard alongside her!

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Where
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Registration Deadline

Fox Virtual Run – Cuddly Creatures 1
Registration Deadline: 24 Oct (23:59) GTM +8

Koala-ty Virtual Run – Cuddly Creatures 2
Registration Deadline: 31 Oct (23:59) GTM +8

Unicorn Virtual Run – Cuddly Creatures 3
Registration Deadline: 7 Nov (23:59) GTM +8

Running Period

Fox Virtual Run – Cuddly Creatures 1
Running Period 25 Oct (0:00) – 27 Oct (23:59) GTM +8

Koala-ty Virtual Run – Cuddly Creatures 2
Running Period 1 Nov (0:00) – 3 Nov (23:59) GTM +8

Unicorn Virtual Run – Cuddly Creatures 3
Running Period 8 Nov (0:00) – 10 Nov (23:59) GTM +8

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It’s hard to leave your comfort zone, to embrace change, to risk stepping into the unknown. Your courage could backfire on you. There’s a chance you’ll fail. But failure isn’t the worst thing that could happen to you. Think of the alternative. Think about what would happen if you decided to stay exactly were you are right now, if nothing ever changed from this moment ten years from now. Would you be happy in the same exact place? Or would you be even more miserable than you would be if you took a risk and it didn’t pan out exactly as you planned?

You have to stop thinking about change as the scariest thing in the world — because the thought of never growing, never making forward momentum is much scarier.

As terrifying as it sounds to take a chance on yourself in the short-term, it might be more damaging for you to skip the risk in the long-term. That’s why it’s so important to learn how to trust yourself, to love yourself, to believe in yourself.

You have to trust that you have what it takes to succeed — and that you have the ability to cope with the fallout if things don’t end up going your way. You have to love yourself enough to say you are worthy of good things, you deserve to reach your dreams. You have to believe you’ve got this, even when your insecurities are trying to slow you down, even when you aren’t sure whether you have what it takes to succeed.

You might feel safe in your comfort zone right now, but one day that feeling isn’t going to be enough. You’re going to wish you took more risks. You’re going to wonder what could have happened if you chased after your dreams instead of settling for your safest option. You’re going to regret taking the easiest route because it always leads to the least fulfilling destination.

You have to remind yourself that your comfort zone might feel like the safest place in the world, but that feeling is deceiving. It’s much healthier to take risks in love, in your career, and on yourself. It’s much healthier to run after what you want.

If you allow yourself to stay in place forever, then you aren’t going to expand your horizons. You aren’t going to grow into a more beautiful, well-rounded version of yourself.

You cannot allow yourself to remain in your comfort zone because it feels like the timing to chase after your dreams is wrong — or because you’re stressed with other areas of your life and don’t want to add any extra pressure right now. You’ll always be able to come up with a new excuse if you look for one — so stop looking for one.

Stop finding reasons to remain in your comfort zone because it might feel cozy now — but it isn’t going to feel that way forever. Soon, it’s going to feel suffocating. Soon, it’s going to feel far less comfortable.

Jaguars, giant otters, Siberian tigers. What is the similarity between them? They are all going extinct due to deforestation around the world’s forests.

70% of the world’s animal species live in these forests and just like how we look forward to going home every day to that sense of familiarity, comfort and warmth, that is what our animals should be feeling. However, thats not the truth.

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Race Period
04 Oct (12:00AM) Singapore Time to 06 Oct (11:59PM) Singapore Time

Where
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Price
S$9.99/RM29.99 (Incl. postage fee)

Registration Deadline
3 Oct (23:59) or while slots last

Category
3km, 5km, 10km, Half Marathon 21.0975km

Cut Off Time
No cut off time

Finisher’s Entitlement

Receive our star shaped gold medal when you have completed your run!

The front of our medal features 7 animals, which are all endangered species, such as the red panda and sloth. They are inching closer to extinction every single time a plot of land is cleared!

The back of the medal features 5 other animals, all wearing party hats on their heads and smiles on their faces. You should be smiling like them! Running to raise awareness of their dire situations may have saved some of them. Let us continue to work hard for ourselves and these animals. It is truly a race against time to save them.

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The front features a happy little lion peeking out of the pocket design. How cute is that!

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Lets take this chance to educate them about saving our green forests and animals! We should give our children a chance to grow up together with the already-endangered animals like our red pandas, tigers and rhinoceros!

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