When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.
Paulo Coelho Paco Gomez’s Mauricio Javier Gomez rides past a camel herd during stage two of Dakar Rally 2020. (Reuters) Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pray near the coffin of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, Iran. (Official President’s website) A massive column of smoke rises from wildfires burning in East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. (Dale Appleton / DELWP via AP) Fireworks explode around the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, during New Year’s celebrations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Reuters) A woman celebrates as she watches the traditional New Year’s fireworks at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Daniel Ramalho / AFP – Getty Images) A kangaroo rushes past a burning house in Lake Conjola, Australia. (Matthew Abbott / The New York Times via Redux) Early morning traffic in the Indian capital, which is going through its longest spell of cold weather for 22 years, in Delhi, India. (Manish Swarup / AP) Pictures of protesters who have been killed in anti-government demonstrations are displayed in Tahrir Square, in Baghdad, Iraq. (Khalid Mohammed / AP) Pro-democracy supporters take part in a march, in Hong Kong, China. (Anthony Kwan / Getty Images) Bathers celebrate with glasses of champagne in Lake Geneva. Around 70 took part in the traditional swim, in Geneva, Switzerland. (Martial Trezzini / EPA) Rescuers evacuate a boy from a flooded area after heavy rain, in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Mast Irham / EPA) The rural fire service commissioner for New South Wales, Shane Fitzsimmons, presents a posthumous award for bravery and service to the son of volunteer Geoffrey Keaton, in Buxton, Australia. (Rural Fire Service / Reuters) Protesters deface a US flag after Friday prayers in condemnation of Suleimani’s assassination, in Tehran, Iran. (Abedin Taherkenareh /EPA) The aftermath of a US airstrike near Baghdad international airport in which the top Iranian commander Qassem Suleimani was killed, in Baghdad, Iraq. (AFP / Getty Images) A woman visits ice sculptures at the annual international ice festival, in Harbin, China. (Aly Song / Reuters) A fireman mopping up a spot fire on the Great Alpine Road outside Sarsfield, in Australia. (Chris Hopkins / The Guardian) Ramy Youssef accepting the Golden Globes 2020 award for best performance by an actor in a TV musical or comedy for “Ramy”, in Beverly Hills, California, USA. (HFPA / EPA) Thousands of people attend a funeral procession for Qassem Suleimani, the head of the elite Quds Force, and the Iraqi militia commander, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were killed in an airstrike at Baghdad airport, in Tehran, Iran. (Reuters) Men dressed as La Befana, an imaginary elderly woman who is thought to bring gifts to children during the festival of Epiphany, row boats down the Grand Canal, in Venice, Italy. (Manuel Silvestri / Reuters) Men perform the traditional Horo dance in the Tundzha River, as part of Epiphany celebrations, in Kalofer, Bulgaria. (Nikolay Doychinov / AFP via Getty Images)