At Least You Tried

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From my personal experience, I’ve learned that sometimes there’s nothing else you can do but try.  You can never force something to go your way and you should never wait for something to happen either.  In some situations, you know that your best will lead to success, but most of the time that isn’t even assured, so all you can do is try.

I personally have tried very hard in the past to get things done.  I may have tried to rekindle a friendship, get a scholarship, or just have a good day, but I can guarantee that I have not always been successful in my efforts.  I’ve seen all sorts of relationships end, I’ve gotten plenty of we regret to inform you letters from scholarship committees, and, if you’ve never had a bad day in your life, then you’re just not human.  The truth is that the only thing you can control is what you actually do.  You can’t even control the way you think and feel… trust me I’ve tried.

If you put your best into something and try your hardest to do your part, then you have nothing to feel bad about.  You can’t regret trying your best, if that is truly what you did.  Even if a situation completely blows up in your face, it wasn’t your fault and you did all that you could do.  There are times where we do something that maybe didn’t work out for the best.  There was probably a better way that you could have handled the situation.  Maybe you didn’t realize the gravity of your actions and trust me there’s really no way that you could’ve assured yourself of that.  There’s no way to ever predict how something will turn out, so all you can do is do what you think is best.

As long as you try to do your best and as long as you had the right intentions, then regret nothing.  The hard part is not letting yourself be defeated when your efforts don’t pan out the way you imagined.  It’s hard to pick yourself up after a tough loss, but it needs to be done.  Remember that you really couldn’t have done anything differently.  It’s too late to change the past and now all you can do is try again.  If anything be happy that at least you tried and didn’t let life pass you by.

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About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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