Today I Write About Hope


Today I write about Hope.

This is a very important subject for me because I see how much this force directs all of our lives everyday. I also see how the lack of hope inadvertently brings people into places that they do not want to be in.

It is hard to define hope. The lexical definition of “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen”, does a weak job of defining this compelling emotion. Though hard to define, this “hope” that we look for is something extremely familiar to all of us.

The young kid who is looking forward to a specific gift for a birthday. The lovestruck teen wanting to ask a crush out to the prom. The fledgling salesperson desperate for a first sale. The novice entrepreneur, hoping that the next month will be a good one. The sincere man, hoping that he will finally be given a chance by someone he has loved for years. The struggling parent, wishing that the bills and tuition fees can be paid on time. The aging relative who is faced with a grave illness, and desperately wants relief. The situations are endless.

We all have experienced one or more of the situations above, and have been moved by the emotion of hope or the lack thereof. We all know how hope feels, and how much it sucks to have it taken away from you.

What is the silver lining? What is the ultimate truth that makes the emotion of hope something that matters?

The lesson that life teaches us is that, no matter how much shit hits the fan, hope is an energy that can be endlessly renewed, as long as we know where to look for it. That is a guarantee that life gives to all of us.

So if you are hopeless right now, don’t be. Kaya mo yan! (You can do it!) 🙂

-A Garlic Man / Marc