Why did I name my blog after a “disappointment”? What good could one possibly say about setbacks?

“SETBACK//STORIES” is named as such not only that it’s a common architecture jargon (setback –the distance which a building or other structure is set back from a street or road) but because the word actually also means “a checking of progress”. And this blog mainly revolves on that: “checking of progress in the profession and academic pursuits”.

Yes, I see the concern; the word may have some negative connotation being also synonymous with words such as: “difficulty, hardships, hindrance, lapses, reversals, disappointment and frustration etc.” However, after some time thinking, I realized that it’s just right; because even the negative connotation speaks truth not only about the architecture profession and the academe but in life as a whole.

Nowadays, both in the profession and the academe we face setbacks far greater than before. (And I mean to talk more about that some other time.) However, what I learned in my short existence (24 years on earth and 3 years in the profession) is that setbacks are true-to-life (for life) whether we like it or not; but the one thing we often miss is the fact that setbacks are not to be feared, not to be avoided, not to be sugar-coated because it’s also what sets man to thrive. Besides, pessimism can be a powerful tool, when used rightly.

It’s only upon acknowledging our setbacks we could truly solve and breakthrough it. Setbacks therefore are as well a heck of an opportunity. And only by and through it that we learn more and grow better. As how Friedrich Nietzsche said it:

“That which does not kill you makes you stronger.”

SETBACK//STORIES is not here to rant about how bad the life of a young architect is on the contrary I am here to tell a story about overcoming hardships and being above inevitable disappointments.

This is just some of my young perspectives –see through me; see through the setbacks.

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To know more about the young architect and what her stories about click here.



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