When did we stop doing things because they’re hard?
When you were a kid, did you look at a tall tree and think, “damn, that looks hard to climb.” No, you didn’t. Chances are, you looked at that tree, rolled up your sleeves and thought, “I have no idea how I’m going to climb that tree, but it looks pretty fun, so I’m going to do it.”
Maybe you fell and broke your arm. And maybe that sucked. But when the cast was off and your arm was fully functioning again, you went right back to climbing trees. It’s possible that the next time you attempted to scale a Mt. Everest of tree you took some extra precautions by testing sketchy branches before putting your full weight on them, but no matter what mom said, you still climbed those trees.
Obviously as people age and mature, priorities shift, responsibilities come in, and climbing trees gets pushed to the bottom of the list. However, the issue is not that we don’t climb as many trees when we get older, it’s that we convince ourselves we can’t do it anymore because of this reason or that. We can make excuses like; I’m too heavy, or I’m too out of shape, or even just throw our hands up in the air and say “I can’t.” The fear of messing up, or embarrassing ourselves, holds us back from experiences simply because they look too damn hard.
In my life right now, I’m doing a lot of things that I used to think were impossible for me to accomplish. Working and going to college is hard. Applying for scholarships and coming to terms with the debt I will accumulate when I transfer to a university is hard. Managing my time so I am able to complete every task and still be able to have downtime is hard. Being in a long distance relationship with someone I wish I could spend every day with is hard. Combatting my own personal struggles on top of all that is incredibly hard.
The only reason why I continue to push myself is because all of these difficult things reap huge rewards. The steps that I am taking right now and the things that I am learning about myself and my place in the world are only going to pay off as I get older. My goals are big, but they’re not impossible. It’s really easy to compromise my goals and settle for less because it’s a little intimidating to look up at this massive tree I have to climb. But I know I just have to suck it up and start climbing if I ever want to enjoy the view from the top.