It’s alleged that an adventure commences only when things start to go wrong. But adventures don’t solely reside on mountain sides or foreign expeditions, they happen in the routines, amid humdrum and disciplined avenues where the unshakable becomes an earthquake laden ground zero. Indeed, to know adventure is to know sincere challenge, boldly standing nose-to-nose, staring into that certain abyss before leaping with balled fists and gritted teeth. Contemplate your hardest experiences. Maybe it was saying goodbye for good, maybe an amazing relationship frayed, or you fought through a physical endeavor, an intellectual battle, or a near death experience. Whatever the case, focus on the challenge and recall the resolve.
Focus on the strength, how you pushed toward an unknown horizon, how getting through seemed so distant and how that horizon soon became the path. Hard days are here to test your will. Some of us are tested more than others, certainly, but those who have seen the gauntlet, who have strove again and again, who have doggedly pursued through the waist deep slog know how the road is more passable with every challenge. That to find great character, to buttress your strength, only requires facing the challenge, digging-in the heals, bracing for impact and start swinging. Do not fear the battle. Fear defeat, because losing is only a matter of giving up.