Try Everything



There is always more to life in this life. Just because we stumble along our way, it doesn’t mean that we are lost forever. We can always get back up again. And actually, ones who have hit the rock bottom are the ones who climb higher than others. We won’t understand the essence of joy without ever feeling the pain. We won’t understand the true meaning of victory without ever experience defeat. Without the pain, we would only take joy for granted. Without defeat, we would only be arrogant by victory. The value of success lies in our gratitude. And it won’t exist without the process of struggling and working hard for it. It’s in the process of trying itself that we learn as a human. It’s not in the outcome; it’s in the process of how we strive and give our best towards everything we do.  Yes, we may do not success at once. Yes, we may fail big times. Yet what defines ourselves is in the way we step up from the failure, learn from what we did wrong, and give another shot until we success. And effort; efforts will never betray us. Never.

“I messed up tonight, I lost another fight, I still mess up but I’ll just start again. I keep falling down, I keep on hitting the ground, I always get up now to see what’s next.” –Shakira, Try Everything

It’s a song titled “Try Everything”, performed by Colombian singer Shakira for the soundtrack of 2016 Walt Disney Animation Studios film, “Zootopia”. It was released as a single to promote the film on February 15th 2016, and later was released as a part of “Zootopia: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” album on March 4th 2016. In the film, “Try Everything” is featured as a song recorded by a singer named Gazelle (voiced by Shakira), and heard during the end credits. The dance-pop track was written by Sia Furler, Tor Hermansen, and Mikkel Eriksen. Lyrically, the song depicts the spirits to fight and try when it feels like our back against the wall. It motivates us to not giving up, keep giving our best, not afraid of wishing, and in the end, never ceasing to try everything. This is why I love watching animation films. It’s not only bringing out our children’s full-of-spirits mind, but also inspiring us by reminding that miracle is another name of hard work. And yes, as long as we try and put an act on it, efforts will never betray us.


"Try Everything" single cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

There are times in life when we mess up things and even lose the battle. It’s alright. Yes it will bring us down, but we can always get back up again. Yes, it will make us feel like our life has come to an end, but we can always start again. It’s life. We’re human. It’s trial and error. However, the essence is not in the outcome; it’s in the process instead. It’s not the first and won’t be the last time we mess up and lose the battle, but that’s how we learn for the next time. And next time won’t come unless we get back up and start trying again. “I messed up tonight, I lost another fight, I still mess up but I’ll just start again. I keep falling down, I keep on hitting the ground, I always get up now to see what’s next.” And this is my favorite quotes: “Birds don’t just fly, they fall down and get up. Nobody learns without getting it wrong.” Yes, we can learn from the living creatures around us; one of them is the bird. They fall and fall and fall before they can fly up high. It’s the process. And yes, nobody learns without getting it wrong. We can never learn without making mistakes.
And whenever we feel tired of trying, of everything (and I’m sure most of us feeling like that after facing a failure), just stop for a while to take a breath. We all need some rest. Don’t be too hard on ourselves. We need to recharge our energy in order to be able to try again. Don’t beat ourselves too much. We need to regain our strength in order to be able to get back up and start again. And at times like this, we need to take a closer look at around us; the people who are sincerely and genuinely having our back, supporting us, and protecting us. Just get rid of those who aren’t. “Look how far you’ve come; you filled your heart with love. Baby, you’ve done enough, take a deep breath. Don’t beat yourself up; don’t need to run so fast. Sometimes we come last, but we did our best.” When we have tried our best but we don’t succeed, it’s alright too. You’ll be making some new mistakes too, but it’s also alright. Just remember, that’s how we learn something new. “I’ll keep on making those new mistakes. I’ll keep on making them every day, those new mistakes.”
My lord John Lennon once said that it’s not the ending yet if it’s not a happy ending. And yes, my lord was right. It’s not the end yet if we don’t feel happy about it. And there is no such thing as the end of this world (first the Earth is round, second we all believe in the afterlife after death). Hence we got to keep on moving. Don’t give up. Don’t give in. It’s not the end; it’s just another start. Don’t leave. Try everything. Don’t leave until we try everything. Try everything even though we could fail. Because when we fail, we can always try again. “I won’t give up, no I won’t give in, ‘til I reach the end and then I’ll start again. No, I won’t leave, I wanna try everything, I wanna try even though I could fail.” This life is the process of trial and error anyway. So when we face an error, it’s okay. Don’t beat ourselves too much. Don’t be too hard on ourselves. Take a rest. Take a deep breath. Contemplate our failure. Analyze our mistakes. Recharge our energy. Regain our strength. Get back up. Start again. And try everything. And when we fail, repeat the process. “Oh, try everything.”


"Zootopia: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" album cover | source: disney.wikia.com

Efforts will never betray us. As long as we are working hard, it all will be paid someday. As long as we never cease to try, it all will come to fruition one day. There will always be some people who are there to block our way, bring us down, and make judgment towards anything we do. Just don’t mind those people. Mind those people who are there with sincerity to love, embrace, and give endless support toward us. Mind those people who are there with real conscience to respect, motivate, and have our back endlessly. It’s our life and we are the lead character of it. Hence we are the one who can decide who deserves to stay in our life. Keep those who will never judge us even though we fail. Keep those who will keep motivating us when we fail. Hard times will reveal those kinds of people. Failure exists to unveil what’s and whom really matters for us. No need to appear strong all the time. It’s okay to be vulnerable sometimes. No need to run fast. It’s okay to move slow and keep our pace. Birds don’t just fly. They fall down and get up. Nobody learns without getting it wrong.

“Look how far you’ve come; you filled your heart with love. Baby, you’ve done enough, take a deep breath. Don’t beat yourself up; don’t need to run so fast. Sometimes we come last, but we did our best.” –Shakira, Try Everything



Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

I messed up tonight, I lost another fight, I still mess up but I’ll just start again
I keep falling down, I keep on hitting the ground, I always get up now to see what’s next
Birds don’t just fly, they fall down and get up, nobody learns without getting it wrong

I won’t give up, no I won’t give in, ‘til I reach the end and then I’ll start again
No, I won’t leave, I wanna try everything, I wanna try even though I could fail
I won’t give up, no I won’t give in, ‘til I reach the end and then I’ll start again
No, I won’t leave, I wanna try everything, I wanna try even though I could fail

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, try everything, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, try everything
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, try everything, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Look how far you’ve come, you filled your heart with love, baby, you’ve done enough, take a deep breath
Don’t beat yourself up, don’t need to run so fast, sometimes we come last, but we did our best

I won’t give up, no I won’t give in, ‘til I reach the end and then I’ll start again
No, I won’t leave, I wanna try everything, I wanna try even though I could fail
I won’t give up, no I won’t give in, ‘til I reach the end and then I’ll start again
No, I won’t leave, I wanna try everything, I wanna try even though I could fail

I’ll keep on making those new mistakes, I’ll keep on making them every day, those new mistakes

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, try everything, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, try everything
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, try everything, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, try everything

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