“Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt.”
William Shakespeare, “Measure for Measure”, Act I Scene 4
“Doubts are traitors!” My father loves to quote Shakespeare, and he quoted this line to me when I told him I was having doubts about graduating with an English degree. I was a little worried about what I’m going to do after I graduate. I’m terrified that I’m going to fail.
You see, I’ve been harbouring ghosts in my mind, refusing to acknowledge their existence. I did really well in my O’ Level Examinations, so when I did my A’ Levels, everyone expected me to get 3 A’s. I didn’t. I got D’s instead and that was my first taste of academic failure. Since then, I’ve been choosing things that I know that I can do well at. I avoid anything that I think I might not be able to handle. But that’s no way to live. No one should allow their past mistakes to limit their dreams. Since I got those A Level results, I have been doubting my abilities and I have stopped challenging myself. I needed my father to tell me to stop running away for me to realize that I’ve been carrying those results with me, letting them weigh me down. What I should have done is looked at why I got those results, learnt from my mistakes and moved on. There is no room for ghosts when you’re trying to be exceptional.
So here is my question to you. Do you avoid some things because of past failures? Are you scared of making the same mistakes? Do you doubt your abilities? Don’t let your doubts stop you because DOUBTS ARE TRAITORS. If you let them, they will leave you indecisive and stop you from following your dreams.