Black care rarely lists behind the rider whose pace is fast enough. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
Depression, feeling down, melancholy, despair, defeat, and sorrow. Their grasp is vicelike. Sometimes it seems as though we can’t break it, but as Theodore Roosevelt has showed over and over again in his life, we can run through it. It’s an enemy that can only be defeated through brute force of will and action, and not by running from that which adds pressure to our lives, necessarily, but by adding more pressure and danger on in the form of new adventures and greater challenges.
The challenge, however, cannot be one we know we can conquer. The weight of the new challenge must be heavy enough to distract us from that which we cannot seem to break free from.
As with most things in life, the way past sadness isn’t in ease, but in action.
How you see the world can determine your degree of happiness, success, and pride toward the end of your life. Most, however, see the world as somehow owing them something, as success as something dependent on circumstance and not on the man.
If you think that circumstance dictates who you are and what you accomplish in life, you’re fucked.
I can’t put it any other way. If you know, however, that you determine where you end up in life no matter where you’re born or who you’re born unto, then you have the power to exact whichever reality you wish to exact, and create whatever life you want to create.
It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness. ~ Seneca
Quietly become great, and quietly do good. To man up requires not fame but persistence in silence.
We live in an age and a society that promotes vanity. We do things to broadcast them and not simply to do them or enjoy them.
Your journey and your mission in life is to do what you must to the best of your ability, but without telling every Tom, Dick, and Harry about the work you’ve done or the deeds you’ve done.
The road ahead is rough. There will be losses, it will be riddled with failure. That’s just what life is. Create greatness by hustling and persisting, not broadcasting your every victory and moment of ease.