On Mother’s Day, I wrote about my mom being the strongest woman I know. Well this week I started planning for my quote to live by and I found this quote by Winston Churchill. The quote that I found to me exemplifies my mother and I’s life throughout the years so much that it gave me the chills reading it. The quote is “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” What I am going to do throughout this post is break the quote down into sections and show you what the different parts of the quotes mean to mean.First let’s talk about success. Churchill’s quote says that “Success is not final…” That is very true. Just think are famous athletes and child actors. There is a laundry list of people that have fallen off their pedestal after their early success. Stars like Michael Phelps and Jodie Sweedin have in some ways redeemed themselves. Kim Richards is still on a long road of recovery, but so far is doing very well. Then there are former child actors Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes. When I was younger I adored them and their movies. They have fallen so far from grace that I am embarrassed to say I was ever a fan.
The next part of his statement was “…failure is not fatal…” This is an amazing statement on its own. With out the reason of Churchill’s quote this statement could stand on its own. This statement also in some ways parallels the statement, “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.” This statement reminds me of a moment in my mother’s life where she was severely suffering from her illness. My mother is manic depressive and at some points in her life she also had scizoeffective tendencies. During the height of her illness she attempted to take her life, because her “failures” felt like she could not continue. I am so thankful that she failed; one because I would not be here, but two, she learned after the attempt that failure of any kind is not fatal even though we feel like it is the end of the world. My point in airing my family’s dirty laundry is to show that failure is not something to stop living for, literally and figuratively. Failure is something to learn from and remember so the obstacle can be conquered the next time.
The final part of Churchill’s quote brings it all together; “it is the courage to continue that counts.” This part of the quote is the most inspirational part of all. Even with success and failure you need to be courage enough to continue to make yourself better. Not to be cliche with this next statement, but when you fall down you need to just pick yourself back up and start again. If Jodie Sweedin did not have the courage to kick her drug and alcohol habit, “Fuller House” would not have been the same. (I love me so Fuller House!!) If my mom did not have the courage to realize that she needed to conquer her illness and make her life better for her, then I would not be here to this day. Being courageous does not only mean fighting external battles, it is also fight your internal demons, or as my mom calls them dragons. (Puff and the Jaborwhalky to be exact.)
Being successful does not mean that you have not had failures. Being successful means that you had the courage to continue after you were defeated. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” It is not your success or failures that define you, it is how you react afterwards that does.