A not very timely note

This was a blog I once wrote during my high school and early college years. I keep it around for nostalgic purposes, but it is quite obviously no longer updated. I am looking to make a more professional blog presence in the future, but I still like to look at where I was mentally at certain points in time.

- G. Jan 2013

Sunday, May 18, 2008

"Endurance" by G.

Breathe in. Breathe out. One foot over the other. He can see the finish line ahead. His legs are burning; his arms dead weight. His entire body begins to give in to the extreme stress placed on it. But then you look at his eyes. Eyes that look more alive than the rest of his body. You see something there, a fire. Even when the rest of the body gives out, those eyes are still alive. Because you see, the man has a objective. He wants to reach the finish line. And when you want something bad enough, you will endure whatever it takes. There are two things involved here. The Determination to begin. And the Endurance to continue. Determination is probably a concept we have heard many times. Determination is something that you can see flowing out of people in everyday life. Yes, Determination is essential. But maybe people haven't talked about Endurance all that much. What do you think of when you hear that word? I would think of a mountain climber scaling Mt Everest for the first time. They may be determined to get to the top, but without Endurance, they won't last long. But this needs a little clarification. Yes, when you think of endurance its probably in the physical sense. How long can the marathon runner go? How many laps can the swimmer do? Now maybe physical endurance isn't all that important to you now, useful as it is. But I can tell you what is important. Mental endurance. We go through many trials in our lives. Many people don't come out undamaged. Sadly, some people will give in to the rigors of life, and become weaker because of it. But the truth is, the rigors of life are what give us the most important lessons. If we had the power to endure whatever life threw at us, we would learn something and become stronger because of it. You can be the Iron Man or be able to swim 100 laps in 30 minutes all day long, but if your mind if frail then the littlest thing will set you off or take you down. Having a good, solid mindset makes you a valuable person indeed.


Dan O. De Ment said...

G. A good post, well said. I have a picture on the wall in my den, it says, "Determination, The race is not always to the swift...but to those who keep on running."

Dan O. De Ment

Melisa Sriwulandari said...

I think your blog is quite entertaining. :)

mysterycreature said...

dan o de ment - in the style of "The tortoise and the hare" (I wrote hair there first lol)? It's very god advice. Nice post, keep it up :)