Hey there,

So one of my good friends, Sanjana Eswar wrote this heart-felt and inspiring essay. I would like to share it with you.



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Determination is a human instinct. It thrives inside one’s self, and encourages one to do what they desperately need to do to fulfill their happiness. It is an instinct which arises when we seemingly have lost hope. You give up, fall off the track and off the grid, but setting a new location and moving forward with determination helps you get back.

Determination helps one to work hard. Even if it is a difficult subject for you, having a set goal in mind can beat the cold hands of procrastination which sneak up and hold you back.

Determination and hard work go hand in hand. If there is motivation to do something, one cannot achieve it without hard work. If you don’t work hard when determined and reschedule the hard work to be done, (much like hitting the snooze button on your clock), it makes you lose track of time. And when you finally wake up, you’ve missed the school bus.

Determination is a steady fire in one’s self – it helps you get past your monsters. With a steady heart filled with it, one can not only defeat and extinguish them, but also befriend them.

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I used to have a huge fear of speaking in front of an audience. I’ve always had a soft voice, and I’d be terribly nervous to speak. I would wondering if my thoughts would ever reach them. But, I decided to face my fear. I wrote my name down for debates, practiced in front of a mirror, just so that I could get over my fear.

It is not true that I’m completely over my fear. I had my vivas and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. The familiar tinge of nervousness is like an old friend – always popping up to say “Hello”. But I have accepted it to be a part of me, and befriended my stage fright.

The gears of determination do not always have to be evoked by something directly – a simple line or even a fictional story can evoke it.


A friend of mine has a great love for theatre and drama, but decided to not pursue it due to the fear of rejection. She recently saw a movie named La La Land, which follows an aspiring actress, Mia, who follows her dreams. Mia gets rejected even when she tries her best, but accepts it as part of life and moves on till she succeeds. My friend got greatly inspired by Mia’s story, though its just a fictional story. She told me that she’s trying out for art colleges to get into theatre and pursue her dreams.


In conclusion, determination is a spirit inside. It can be awakened by the simplest of reasons and helps us follow our heart. With determination and hard work, one can get past their monsters and achieve their goals.

The images in this post are from the video game Undertale . The reason behind picking these images is that at each save point of the game, there’s a message saying: “You are filled with determination.” Also, Sanjana and I love Undertale!


11 Comments Add yours

  1. nomadosauras says:

    That is a beautiful essay! I hope Sanjana’s friend gets into a college of her liking and pursues her dream, eventually πŸ™‚
    Also, I don’t think a person can overcome their fear of something, completely. It’s always there lurking in some corner to overwhelm you at the first opportunity but one can work a way around it so it doesn’t hinder you from doing what you must, or love to do. I have had Acrophobia ever since I can remember but I have found a way to take my mind of the exposure while climbing. Of course, I still get nervous, nay, freak out at the sight of valleys but I do manage somehow! It’s a slow process and as your friend said, requires determination. But then, we are filled with it. I am sure the makers of Undertale would agree πŸ˜‰

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    1. Sanjita says:

      Thank you for commenting and I hope that you get over your acrophobia ✨ – Sanjana

      I agree. I’m glad that her words have filled you with even more determination! Have you played Undertale?” -Sanjita

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      1. nomadosauras says:

        @Sanjana: Thank you so much!
        @Sanjita: Nope, I haven’t played Undertale and your post was the first time I heard about it. But the unique save prompt you described, made me look it up and I ‘ll have to confess, I live under a rock for not knowing about such a critically acclaimed video game! πŸ™‚

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      2. Sanjita says:

        Hahah, so now you know πŸ™‚ Play it if you get a chance!

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      3. nomadosauras says:

        Going through the instructions of the Demo version right now! πŸ˜€

        Liked by 1 person

      4. Sanjita says:

        Wohoo! Enjoy!


  2. Akshay Iyer says:

    determination is a spirit inside
    Very nice!
    Beautifully said❀

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sanjita says:

      Indeed, thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Akshay Iyer says:

        Most welcome sanjita!✌

        Liked by 1 person

  3. ksanders06 says:

    Wow this is beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

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