The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.
Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
I keep returning to John Green’s labyrinth (Looking for Alaska, a book that you totally should read). I came across this quote by the late Prof. Randy Pausch.
I liken it to my own maze, endless miles of foliage in any direction and now I can see it broken here and there will rough-hewn brick walls.
It’s goddamned discouraging. A risk of brick walls (or walls of any sort) is the temptation of banging my head against it. But if I’m honest, I’m the one who built it when I wasn’t even looking, doubts, fears, insecurities, etc. augmenting with whatever the issue is. Bam. Fecking wall. And then I’m mildly surprised, and loads of distraught when I come face to face with it.
Just as well. I mean, if I can still break out the pickaxe when I’m at rock bottom, then surely I can demolish this monster I created but even that is a gradual process. Patience is a life skill. I do need to want out badly enough. Apathy is the beast we need to name and acknowledge.
I needed to see this today, a different perspective, and I thought I should share it with you.
I hope this finds you well.