You raise your eyebrow in skepticism, is it a test?
You must be sure to give nothing less than your best
Your heart pounds faster in your chest
Better work harder, grind faster, no time to rest
In earnest, your hands may shake
Seeped with work, your will might break
But you must pull it together, no time for a break
After all, it’s for your own sake
Your head in chaos, your stomach in a knot
Overflowing, you lose your train of thought
You must strive to make each shot
Ultimately, the reward is earned, not bought
Isn’t this, what we were all taught?
A house full of laurels, but is it enough?
A mind racing and a heart in a pair of cuffs
Smile wider, someone might call your bluff
Must we always take the road that is tough?
Breathe in, let go of this clasp of doubt
If it gets overwhelming, learn to walkout
Isn’t rising from your mistakes, what being successful is truly about?
Your heart slows, your palms steady as your stomach unknots
Hold your head up and breathe out.
By VIDHI BATRA / MAY 25, 2021