I’m no expert, and the words below are likely the result of dehydration, malnutrition and a distinct lack of sleep.
I rambled about this in an earlier post but yesterday, feeling oddly ill and making my way (at a slower than slow pace) to Bellingham I seemed to have had a moment.
The nature of endurance and the drive to move forwards is somehqta schizophrenic. I’m not making light of the condition in anyway however.
When those difficult moments hit, there is a part of a persons mind that says “Stop! You don’t have to go any further”
This is true of my situation as I have everything needed to stop at any moment and be comfortable for a day or so. But here’s the paradoxical bit. I don’t seem to stop. There’s another part that seems to reply “I know. Still gonna keep going till I reach….”
The two different personalities jostle for dominance and really, it seems that at the core of it, endurance is an unwillingness to listen to the part of the mind that says “stop”.
Today, many people will endure lots of hardships and they will do it because it is in our nature as humans, but only if we allow it and encourage its flurishing in the young people we interact with.