Imagine being in a place in your life where you feel you're on the right track to realise that dream that you've had for years, and the struggle it took to get there is on the verge of feeling worthwhile, you only need to pass some additional hurdles and you'll be able to prove you belong there, until you can't.
The feeling that you don't belong is a terrible reality to experience, especially so if it's a stoppage on the journey to your dreams. Have you miscalculated your worth? Have you convinced yourself that you're something you're never going to be? Or maybe, just maybe, you have cooked up a story in your head whose only character is you and the hurdles that come with life were left forgotten in the build up to the plot?
Difficulties, doubts, and setbacks are unfortunate, but all very likely occurrences. We think we are something but we forget that there are a thousand others just the same as us. Does that make it wrong to dream for big things? I wouldn't say so, I'd say it only means what you've dreamt of is special enough that you need to strive to get there, and in many cases, strive harder than others. You've done the first part well, and it's only natural that the second part is a bit more difficult. Just keep at it.
– Azmin Azran, Sub-editor, SHOUT