Have you ever found yourself being dragged along two opposing streams? One minute everything makes sense; the next, all sense and meaning peel away like leaves shaken down from a dying tree.
“Whenever you feel like quitting, remember why you started.” I came across that quote a few years back, and at the most crucial of moments, it claws its way out from memory and materializes as a choice: Quit or Keep Going?
Quit or keep going, dear reader?
I don’t know what you’re going through right now or what doubts have crept into your mind. And while sometimes knowing when to quit sounds like the more practical option, today, I’m here to tell you to hold on.
But only under one condition: is your Why greater?
Why dedicate years of your life to a field of study? Why start a business? Why do what you do?
Don’t get me wrong. Giving something up or choosing to keep going are both difficult decisions. A friend once joked that you run out of ‘easy [choices]’ once you reach the ripe age of five; from that point on, everything you choose starts to have weight.
I like to think of myself as the pina-colada-sippin’-cool-aunt, so I’ll give us a few more years to eat sand and chew grass.
The point is big goals, more often than not, require hard decisions. And one we have to make every day is the choice to keep going or abandon everything.
In that sense, hardships don’t really go away. They only look different.
So, hold on. You’re getting there.