Remember: no one has a problem with the first mile of a journey. Even an infant could do fine for a while. But it isn’t the start that matters. It’s the finish line. Look at the finish line now.
It’s far and it seems impossible. Maybe it’s up in the clouds, and the journey is treacherous, or the mountain is too high. You imagine that you weren’t meant for this. You think you’re not strong enough. In a sense, you’re right. You’re quitting before the pain even sets in. You’re quitting out of fear of the flinch.
What you’re missing is that the path itself changes you. You’re weak because you haven’t stepped on the path. When you do, a process will begin. As you climb the mountain, you’ll get stronger. Your plastic brain will be shaped by the path. You might think this path isn’t for you, but it is—you’ll just change along the way. The path itself will toughen you up for the end.
Right now, you just need to start.
The Flinch // by Julien SmithAdventuresBlog