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Crashing Waves-A Humbling Experience

First Posted: Jan. 2, 2016, 7:15 p.m. CST
Last Updated: Jan. 2, 2016, 7:16 p.m. CST

Throughout life, we often get big heads and become full of ourselves. Through success, comes confidence and confidence breeds more success. However, there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Live confidently, have a controlled ego and believe in yourself, but don't let arrogance take you over. I have had my moments of extreme bravado and arrogance. Though I may not have shown it, inside I felt it. On a recent trip to the ocean, I was reminded again about some of the awesome power of the world and how much little power we, as humans, truly possess.

During a visit to San Diego, a place I love, a trip to the ocean was inevitable. Though I am not a good swimmer, I love getting in the water. It is a fun and soothing experience to have. As I got into the ocean, the waves were quite strong on this day. Surfers were having the time of their lives. Standing in the water, even some of the weakest waves would crash into me and knock me back about 20-30 feet. What a humbling experience. Although the waves were strong, they still paled in comparison to some of the forces that exist in the world. Knowing this was an even more humbling experience.

No matter how rich or powerful a person becomes, they are no match for powerful forces of the world and universe. I believe that having this knowledge is a good way to keep our egos in check and keep us down to earth. Being humbled is not the greatest feeling to experience, but it sure does remind us that we are human. I say this not to promote living a life of fear. I believe that is a terrible way to live. However, always know that there are things you cannot control and life can knock us down at any moment. To be the best at what you do, you need to have some type of ego, but don't let it get out of hand.

Remember those crashing waves. They have destroyed cities and lives. There are forces even more powerful than them. Live your life with confidence, and face fears head on. However, don't allow your head to swell. When that humbling moment in life comes, it will knock you down, just like those crashing waves did to me in the ocean. Get back up and keep going forward, living confidently, but with humbleness.

This article was written by Ankit Shukla.

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