it's not supposed to be easy.

lately i've been thinking that life would be so much more enjoyable if it were easy. but then i stopped to really think about that proposition, and realized that it was full of crap. it's not supposed to be easy. 

i'm all over the place on this one, so try to stick with me if you can... how many times have you heard the phrase "you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone"? and how many times have you lived the fact that if you have to work for something, if it takes blood, sweat, and tears, if it takes effort to get somewhere, and you win a hard-fought battle, it's so much sweeter than if it were just handed to you?

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anything worth having is worth the waiting. but it's hard to wait. it's hard to want to keep going, and trying, and waiting.

i once heard a quote by golda meir that says "those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either." to me the analogy really makes sense. i have no idea if it's true in fact that people who have experienced deep deep sadness have the capability to experience a higher form of happiness, but i do think that there is more joy in overcoming a big challenge, than in overcoming a small one.

there are a lot of challenges in life. daily challenges. small battles. and sometimes life beats you down. so many of us aren't where we thought we'd be "at this point," whatever that point may be. it's so hard to keep going sometimes - to keep slogging through. it's hard to take the losses when you shoulda, coulda won. it's hard to come up short when you feel like you're doing absolutely everything you can do to get ahead.

but it's supposed to be tough. if it were easy to do what it takes to become the best at something - if it didn't take work - then everyone would do it, and the best would cease to exist. far too often we don't want to put in the time and the effort, and the work. but we still expect things to change.

anything worth having is worth the waiting.
and worth the work.

it's not
to be easy.


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