Persistence is the quality of continuing steadfastly in a course of action despite obstacles or difficulties. It's about determination, resilience, and the ability to keep going even when faced with challenges.

One of the most persistent groups of people in this world are children. They are persistent with what they want and make sure they get a response to their ask. It can be annoying to the parents most times, but children do not care about that. They are just focused on that thing they want at that moment. And when they finally get it, the joy on their little faces.

Then how come when we grow up this quality is rarely seen? Well, it may be because over time as we grow, we realize that our parents or people do not give us everything we want. And sometimes that realization can drive some people to not want to push too much on a thing. But one thing we fail to realize is that not getting everything we want is also a way our parents teach us values like contentment, hard work, etc.

Then as we grow to become young adults, the spirit of persistence begins to fade slowly with each rejection we face. And now when we face this rejection, we start to internalize thoughts like we aren't good enough and question our ideas and then ourselves.

Slowly, the spirit of persistence begins to dwindle, and over time, you find that people won't want to put themselves out there for the fear of being rejected or embarrassed.

About four years ago, myself and a couple of friends started an event in our community called PH City Comic Con. It's not been a smooth journey. We have faced different challenges each year, especially when it's a month to the event. At that point, what helps us push through is God and persistence. Regardless of what has happened, we need to push through and get things done. After all, nobody is going to chase your dream for you. You have to find a way to make it happen and to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Does it get easier? I don't necessarily think so. An advice someone gave to me recently was not to internalize my failure and setback but to keep going and to get better.

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