In track and field we referred to it as the wall or the monkey on our back. It was that moment during your race where it felt like you had smashed head first into a giant brick wall. That time when it felt like something heavy was on your back, your legs turn to lead and your head becomes burdened with thoughts of not finishing.
When you’ve gone as far as you can, you’ve only gone half as far as you’re capable of.” -Greenland Proverb
I was inspired by this in a training last week. As my mind floated back to those track days, I pondered the fact that although we often ran smack dab into that metaphorically wall, we always found the willpower, motivation and determination to endure. Us getting bogged down was just the sign that we needed to kick into a second gear. As we did, a gust of energy thrust from our bodies. Our speed picked up, and we persevered through the finish line.
This same idea can be applied to our lives as we face the many obstacles that arise and make us want to abort the mission without making it to the end. How we face these obstacles makes all the difference. A wise person once said, “When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long.” You embarked on this endeavor for a reason that should never be forgotten. Considering your end destination when you think about obstacles in your journey is just that energy burst you need to switch to the next gear.
Life is a journey/ Not a destination/ There are no mistakes/ Just chances we’ve taken/ Lay down your regrets cause all we have is now” -India Arie
This lyric has become my motto. I begin each morning thinking it’s a new day and I have the tools to paint it beautiful. I only get to live once so I’m going to do it with regrets.
I’m not saying this is easy- as a matter of fact it’s far from it. Society almost always condemns those who try hard, pushing them to accept failure instead of embracing minor setbacks. But another wise person said, “When the world says, ‘Give up,’ Hope whispers, ‘Try it one more time.” With a positive light always on in your corner, neither your opposition nor fear itself should pressure you into pumping the breaks.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Bulldoze through your wall and shake that monkey off your back. Reach down to the gear shaft and shift it up a notch. Keep trucking to your end zone. And when you finally get there, don’t forget to do a victory dance with those you inspired along the way.
Never, Never Quit.