Pentatonix - Say Something
Study of Wild Rose 1871 ( pencil, watercolour and body colour) by
John Ruskin (1819 –1900).
From “Ruskin, Turner and the pre-Raphaelites”, by Robert Hewison, 2000 via Wikimedia.
Broken Bells - Holding On For Life
Sometimes you go through a hard time in life. It’s like walking through mud. If that hard time takes a while, you’re walking through mud for a while. And walking through mud is tiring.
At some point, your legs begin to wear out. Your hamstrings and quadriceps burn. Your butt cramps. Your feet swell. Everything aches. And you’re out of breath.
But you’re still in the mud. And the only way out is through.
So you keep going. Momentum for the sake of momentum. And somewhere along the line the mud begins to thin and you’re walking on more solid ground. But you don’t really notice because your legs hurt and you’re weak and it all feels like the same old mud. When you do, you won’t feel like celebrating. You’re exhausted and your legs burn and you are beyond the point of celebrating the small victories. It’ll feel like a mile marker on the longest road ever. “Great, the mud part is over… But there’s still so far to go.”
That’s the most crucial time, and the time you must redouble your efforts and push harder. It’s going to take a bit of time walking on the increasingly solid ground for you to notice, you’re actually moving faster.
And faster. And faster.
The road is still long yet, but you’re covering more ground. Your stride is hitting. You’re picking up speed.
It’s THEN that the legs will suddenly stop hurting and you’ll get your second wind. And it feels like it takes forever to get there… But trust me, you will. And when you do, you’ll be glad you kept putting one foot in front of the other, because the feeling of knowing you’re in the last leg of the hardest journey you’ve ever taken is sincerely the greatest feeling.
Even better than completing it, I think. Because you know, suddenly but unwaveringly, that you are strong enough to make the trip… Because you just did. And now all you have to do is finish.