You know, a lot of people have never seen their breaking point. And in a way that’s very sad… The bottom of that pit is where you eventually find a snarl to put on your face and the will to climb out into the light and shape the very world into something more pleasing. More pleasing to you. It turns out the world is very malleable if you put the work into it.
We all get knocked down. Hard, sometimes. Sometimes we get knocked down real hard.
Ya just can’t beat a person who never gives up, though.
The breaking point. That’s where the best life lesson is. You felt so little and so hurt, you even wanted to just give up and die. But you’re still here, right? You shrugged it off because it sucks but you can bear the emotional weight of it. Day after day, ending it all just doesn’t make it onto the to-do list. Maybe ’cause you’ve got other shiet to do. Maybe because you know you’re better than that. Maybe you’ve got the same thirst for greatness we all do and you’re not satisfied with where you’re at so far. Or maybe just because you don’t think it’s the right thing to do.
So it sucks, but you trudge through each day anyway. This is the key to everything in the world. How many people start up a workout routine but then fade off because one day they wake up and it’s too dark, too cold, too early? Those people don’t ever get in shape. But you can. You can because dark, cold, and early are pesky but in the grand sum of depressing things you’ve had to deal with, waking up early is trivial. it’s kind of a joke. Working out is hard and you feel weak and powerless because you can barely lift the thing and you so badly want to just put the bar down and go home when you’ve set a goal and your body gives out halfway there. So a lot of people do. They give up, make up some excuse, and walk out the door. How many days have you had a chance to do that? How many times have you hit your breaking point, but then shoved it back instead of breaking? So people like you can don’t hit boundaries and go home. People like you have the ability to stick it out and finish the job. Even if the job sucks, you’ve survived worse. So you can finish the workout and then stack on five more reps because fuk it and fuk it all and fuk the bar and everything sucks and this hurts but that’s nothing new so five more and then five more and then five fuking more.
How many people tell themselves they need to read more? How many people want to paint? How many people want to go back to school? How many people want to change their lives?
Wasting time. Nearly all of them are wasting their time. They’re going to start off and then drop off as soon as the going gets tough.
Like it’s fuking hard to wake up early and spend a half hour turning pages.
Like watching bob ross tapes is in any way more difficult than putting socks on.
You’ve seen tough. You’ve seen tough and bob ross videos ain’t it. You’d be surprised how many people give up on that, though. The thing is that most of the things you can do to get a better life suck to do. Learning to paint is frustrating because you feel you’re trying hard and you’re not making anything worth looking at. That’s a horrible feeling, trying hard and failing. But if you keep doing it anyway, you’ll blaze past the folks that gave up because painting #3 didn’t sell for a hundred thousand dollars. Everyone wants to be big but no one wants to spend time lifting heavy-ass weights because doing that sucks. Doing that sucks and they don’t know how to snarl and trudge through something that sucks.
But you do.
You know it well because you’ve had to do it a lot.
So now you’ve got a tool that almost everyone I’ve run into lacks. You can weather the worst of storms with a plain face. When everyone’s going through hell, some people lay down and cry but when you’re going through hell you keep going. Didn’t you? You did, didn’t you. So you know you’ll make it through anything, even if it sucks. I can’t tell you what a powerful tool that is. Your body gets impressive quickly because you finish your workouts. Your resume gets a-listed because you study until you’re confident about the material, not until the party starts. You’re proud every day because you go out there and try to do the right thing and there’s no shame in that, even if you fail. You’re able to do all of these things because they require physically exhausting yourself, skipping a party, and not doing shady fun things. And each of those sucks but you’ve weathered worse storms.
You know you can make it through anything. So fuk it. Pick something hard and take a swing. Just don’t give up; you already know that’s not your style and you already know you can make it through anyway.