Better to live one year as a tiger, than a hundred as a sheep. – Madonna

Better to live one year as a tiger, than a hundred as a sheep.


Life is far from fair. It keeps testing both our patience and perseverance in the form of the challenges it throws at us. It isn’t unheard-of for people to feel gloomy and even give up on life itself in the wake of such setbacks. That, however, is nothing but an opportunity missed.

That’s right. Adversity equals opportunity. There is no person in this big, wide world who has never faced the trials and tribulations of life. Granted, some have had it easier than others, but it’s safe to assume that they, too, have had their fair share of disappointments. However, what sets two people apart is how they react to these setbacks.

One way – arguably the easier way – is to turn those disappointments into an excuse for failure. Unless you have been living under a rock, you would have come across plenty of such people. These if only and could have‘s blame all their misfortunes on how unfair life was to them. However, despite all the blame games, it takes just one deep, hard look into their eyes to reveal the burden of truth that keeps bogging them down. Deep down, they are well aware that they failed not because of the challenges, but because they weren’t determined enough to soldier on.

On the other hand, people who do not let adversities jolt their focus stand out in the crowd. Both their gait and voice exude a kind of confidence that merits respect, instead of begging for it. Life may not have dealt them the best cards, but they were resolute enough to triumph anyway. And, ultimately, that is what sets winners apart from losers.

Madonna Louise Ciccone, popularly known as Madonna, is an American singer and actress. Widely known as the “Queen of Pop”, Madonna is all for living life with one’s head held high. She once remarked: “Better to live one year as a tiger, than a hundred as a sheep.”