…somewhere along the line, you changed. You stop being you. You let people stick a finger on your face and tell you you’re no good. And when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame, like a big shadow.
Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!
-Rocky Balboa (Rocky VI)
Kayla Montgomery was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when she was in high school but this didn’t stop her from doing what she loves to do – running. She was a slow runner at first who gradually became a part of the varsity and then one of the best long distance runner in America. She would collapse every after race because once her body couldn’t contain the heat, it will the trigger the short circuit in her nerves. which would start with a tingling sensation on her feet all the way up to her waist, ’til her legs feel numb.
It’s amazing how she views life and persevere despite of her condition. I think, a normal person like me who complains a lot about simple things most of the time should learn from her.
Going beyond your limit is not easy but having regrets when you’re on your deathbed is a lot more painful because it’s irreversible. We can never win over time but we can make the most out of it.
“I just hope to run as long as I can and make the most out of it as long as I can. When I’m not able to run at some point down the road then at least I can look back and know that when I could, I gave ’em my all.” – Kayla Montgomery