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Time to ignite, we’re not going down….without a fight

May 2, 2010
  • Title Inspiring Song: “Without a Fight”-Hoobastank
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“The road to success is always under construction.”-Lily Tomlin

“Most people give up when they’re just about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last-minute of the game one foot from winning a touchdown.”-Ross Perot

         Hope some of you are as blessed with the beautiful weather as we seem to be over here on the East Coast that makes it almost impossible to want to do anything constructive or with a pointed goal. I promise I am going to keep the rambling to a minimum this week because I really have to get back to studying for finals and possibly enjoying the weather.

        With it being finals time, the end of the semester and a season of wrap-up and transition before entering the hot summer months, I figured this would be an appropriate subject.  I frankly am completely exhausted. I barely sleep during the week and the amount of sheer information I will be asked to remember and recall in the coming days/weeks is enough to make anyone want to throw up or just throw up their hands and give up. It’s usually at the wee hours of the night, when I am physically/mentally exhausted and over-caffeinating that I ask myself the question..why do I do this to myself? Why do any of us do this to ourselves? We take on what we do fully knowing that none of it will be easy, yet get surprised every time.

       I put the first quote in there by Lily Tomlin in there this week because I think it’s funny and true. There is no simple paved straight road to success. That road is always under construction so we constantly are forced to take some sort of detour. Some of the detours are easy than others and just another road we are unfamiliar with, others take us through the woods, a different town and across a rugged landscape just to get back to where we initially wanted to go. But it is in these detours that we learn the things that will shape us as individuals and prepare us for any other hurdles we are faced with. As convoluted as the detour you have been taking for the past couple days, months, years has been stick with it because it will eventually, if you’re persistent enough and believe ,lead you back to exactly where you want to be.

         The second quote by Ross Perot I put in sticking with this theme of success. Right now for me and a bunch of my college friends as well as other people I am sure, it is our end-of-the-semester-grind-time. This is the time when we are supposed to kick it up into a 5th gear and pull off immense feats no one thought we would. For my track and field enthusiasts, the anchor leg of the relay. It is always that last leg that everyone looks at and watches with bated breath. Why? The answer is the crux of that Ross Perot quote. Within that moment, physically & mentally exhausted with the finish line/touchdown in sight it is easy to slow down, stop or give up. That is not what wins races though and ultimately leads to success. The people who are successful finish as strong as they started or with even more adrenaline and gusto than when they began. So maybe you have worked well enough this entire time for your anchor leg and final yard to be tangible or maybe this is your sprint , but either way you would throw away everything you’ve worked for if you stopped now.

This next part might be a little weird coming from me, but this is what I would tell my friend so I will tell you too:

You ARE a strong person capable of handling any challenge thrown your way. And I know you, you’re no quitter so finish it out. Strive for success. Finish strong with your head held high regardless of what the final outcome is going to be.

That’s all for now. Have a great week!

See you next Sunday,

❤ SQ

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. unclerave permalink
    May 2, 2010 1:38 pm

    Not totally unrelated to today’s cryptoquote! You have to try, and once you’ve started you have to fight . . . and see it through. These detours in life quickly become responsibilities and obligations, so you can’t just jump back to the path that you started down. But, with any luck, it’s a winding path, and it will one day intersect with the one you had intended to follow to the end. I’ve passed up some opportunities in this life, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve given up on my dreams. If I were to do that then a very important part of me would die.

    • May 2, 2010 3:16 pm

      well if it’s related to today’s cryptoquote, great minds must think alike 🙂
      detours in life do become responsibilities and obligations i agree, but i think if you don’t take your eyes off the end goal you are trying to achieve and work hard enough you can get back on the path you started on.
      no of course not, passing on opportunities does not equal giving up on dreams. i was speaking more of giving up and becoming frustrated with your pursuits just because they aren’t turning out the way you expected them to or because you’re exhausted. i think everyone should see things all the way through and follow through.

      thank you for commenting!

  2. May 2, 2010 9:13 pm

    Good selection of quotes. I always enjoy visiting your page. Lily tomlins one is interesting. I dont see it in terms of detouring around the bits of road still being built, moreso that you are building the road yourself. There is no road except the one you build. If you try and travel down someone elses road to success, a road that is already built so to speak, can you still call that destination success ( unless your goal is to be someone other than yourself).

    “The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”~ Anna Quindlen.

    Good luck with your exams!

    • May 2, 2010 9:38 pm

      that’s an interesting view of lily tomlin’s quote. i honestly did not even think to see it that way, but now that you mention it makes sense and carries another important meaning.

      traveling down a road already paved for you, but making it your own i guess is the way i see traveling down a road already built to be a successful venture.
      that’s a great anna quindlen quote bruce and i really like it. thanks for the good luck with exams i am definitely going to need it & thank you again for commenting!

    • unclerave permalink
      May 3, 2010 7:58 am

      Knowing Lily’s sardonic wit I’m betting that it’s a combination of the two. I’m sure one other thing she probably meant is that success is usually not a quick and effortless ride. There’s always going to be some damn thing to slow you up.

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