“As you go through life, you’ve got to see the valleys as well as the peaks.” -Neil Young

Inspirational, Life

As I get older, I realize that life is chiefly constructed of accomplishments and failures. Yeah, there’s a lot of other stuff that goes into it too, so much stuff that it would be impossible to calculate a life equation. But, if you think about it, much of our lives as humans is characterized by what we have done or not done. What we have succeeded or failed at. It’s kind of a brutal gauge of life, but I think it’s fairly accurate. Who we are as people is what we have done with our lives.

Generally, we humans are taught that success is good, and that failure is bad. Success is to be strived for and failure is to be avoided at all costs. Success makes us happy, failure makes us sad. Success makes winners, failure makes losers.

To illustrate this point, I’ll display my razor-sharp mathematical skills. Are you ready?


I know, your mind is blown. If you need to take a break to digest that display of extreme mathematical prowess, please do. After you’re done marveling, go ahead and finish reading the post.

Though we are always taught to achieve success and avoid failure, todays kwote is sending us an important message. A message that very few individuals pass on to us in real life. But, leave it to the super chill and ever so talented Neil Young to provide us with a bit of insight.

Today’s kwote is telling us that the valleys (our shameful, shameful failures) are just as important as the peaks (our super-duper successes).

Failures, or in our case, valleys, teach us a lot. First and foremost, they teach us what it feels like to suck. To suck is not a good thing. When you suck, you feel like absolute garbage. You feel like you’re good for nothing, never going to accomplish anything, downright awful crap. Yes, to suck really sucks.

But, even though sucking, for lack of a more appropriate word, sucks, it provides us with the best motivation that we could ever ask for.

When you fall short at something or don’t accomplish your goal, it’s not a pleasant feeling. However, that sick feeling serves as motivation to push yourself even harder. No one wants to fail, no one wants to suck, and if you’ve felt what that feels like before, then you’ll do anything you can to avoid that feeling. Sometimes, the only thing that can make you succeed is failure.

The message is basically that failure builds character. It toughens you up a little. It makes you stronger so that the next time you step up to the plate, you hit a home run. That was perhaps the cheesiest thing I could have said, but it illustrates the point quite nicely. Bottom line; you need to learn from your failures so that you can achieve success.

The kwote also says that you should see the peaks in life. Well, I couldn’t agree more.

The peaks are our achievements, what we’ve succeeded at in life. Let’s face it, it feels damn good to succeed. Succeeding means that all of our hard work has finally paid off, that we’re finally seeing results materialize from the efforts that we’ve put forth. Success is good. Success is satisfying. Even though failure teaches us important lessons, success is what we ultimately want.

Though we should cherish our accomplishments and appreciate our successes, todays kwote uses a very helpful metaphor to illustrate how success can be a motivational tool.

Success should be viewed as a peak, something that you have to climb to the top of a very tall, treacherous mountain to ascertain. Success should be looked at as something to strive for, something to fight for, because, in reality, success never comes easy. There’s always hard work and commitment involved. You never just float your way up to success. You have to climb, fall down a few times, make your way back up, and reach the peak. You have to fight for success

So, remember that the valleys in life, though sucky, are helpful. They teach us things that success can never cover. Failure reminds us of what it’s like to fall short, and it propels us forward with even more force towards our goals. Failure builds our character and makes us hungrier for success.

Success isn’t such a bad thing either. To succeed at something means that you’ve accomplished something, that you’ve reached your peak. But, remember that viewing success as a peak, something to climb towards, will remind you that you have to work hard and put forth a lot of effort to reach the summit.

If you take anything at all from this kwote, here’s what it should be;failure and success are intertwined. One never comes without the other.

So, if you’re ever having trouble with the successes and failures of life, go download some Neil Young. If nothing else, you have some awesome tunes to listen to.

End Kwote

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