With my triathlon training in full throttle now, I have been feeling some pain lately. The other day it hit me bad when I was on a run. It was one of the really hot days we had last week and I thought it was great running weather. In the middle of my run, I stop at a park and did some body weight exercises. After the exercises I was exhausted. However, I still had to run about two miles to get home. This is where the pain set in. I thought I wasn’t going to make it home I was so drained. I kept going though. In the middle of my struggle I had a moment of clarity where I thought to myself, why am I doing this? Why am I putting my body through this? That’s when it hit me, not the runner’s wall that hit me about a mile earlier. In that moment of clarity I realized that pain is only temporary but regret, regret can last forever.
The pain I was feeling in my legs and the exhaustion I felt in my body would only last until the end of the day or maybe a couple of days afterwards. However if I stopped on that run or gave up on this triathlon because I cannot master the swim, I would regret it. No matter what kind of pain I feel throughout this training I know I have to push through it. I have a goal to challenge myself, push myself to a new level of fitness and giving up is not an option. If I give up I will always be looking back on what I could have done. I will always wonder what my true potential was and if I could have reached it. This may have happened to you in the past. Maybe you went on a diet and gave up before you reached your goal. Now you are left to wonder how far you could have pushed. This is why I will not give up. I will reach my goal and push past the pain.
This concept is not just for physical training though. This is a concept for life. When you go to chase your dreams, I am sure there are going to be times when it is painful. There are going to be times when you just want to give up because you ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?” At this point you have two options. The first option is to give up. You can take the easy way out. By taking the easy way out, you are saving yourself from one pain but causing yourself different pain. It will cause you to always look back and wonder what would have happen if you stuck it out. It will cause you to think of what could have been. Lastly, it will cause you to live with the pain of settling.
There is that second option though: you can push past the pain and follow your dreams. This second option is much harder but nothing worthwhile comes easy. Whether your dream is to become a doctor, be the next Steve jobs, or become the greatest magician ever (After seeing Now You See Me, I am a bit obsessed with magic. This is why I keep bringing it up in case you noticed), I am sure there is going to be times when you want to give up. The pain of all the sleepless nights in the library, the pain of one failed idea after another, the pain of having a hard time finding a gig; this pain can make you want to quite. You have to realize though that this pain will not last forever. If you push past this pain and never give up, you cannot lose. You only lose once you stop going after what you really want. You will reach your dreams one day and turn them into a reality. You will never have to wonder “what if” because you will be living that if.
In life we are faced with many challenges, some challenges we cannot control. However, how we react to these challenges is up to us. You can either choice to push through the pain these challenges bring with them or you can give up and live in regret. I just want you to remember, pain is only temporary but regret, regret can last forever.