It sounds cliche when you say that Hope is an attribute that keeps you going, but it indeed is. Hope for me is something that I have always resorted to when things didn't work the way I planned. Hope is that element which still lets me believe something good is around the corner and the bad will pass.
The current situation has all the more made people cling on to hope. Hope that things will come back to normalcy and the pandemic will end soon.
My tryst with hope though was stronger a year before the world went into a lockdown. It was a challenge to not get knocked out and keep moving forward when nothing worked in my plan. Preparing and attempting management entrance exams for the second time was not in my rosy plan nor was the harsh reality of not landing an internship to keep myself busy during this said preparation.
But hope was the only thing that kept my boat afloat then. I was hopeful that my dream of getting into a Management college was not too far away. I was hopeful that the second time around I would make it in and crack all the rounds of the admission process. I was hopeful that it might take a few months more, but with focus and hard work things would actually materialize, and it did!
It took some while along with patience and of course my own sweat but being hopeful helped. The pandemic made things difficult with the entire process being adapted online. But when things get tough only the tough get going and I did just that. I took things as they came and did what was necessary to fulfill my goal. I had waited for long enough and I wasn't going to give up on the last bit to get where I wanted just because things got tougher. I realized things eventually work out, maybe not as you have planned, but it definitely shapes in a way you never thought it would.