‘Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
- Muhammad Ali
One of my friends tweeted this Ali quote earlier this morning and I found it particularly relevant as I began researching for my last essay of the year. Needless to say, the idea expressed by Ali can be applied to all aspects of life. Right now, in the midst of what is quite possibly the most intensive, difficult part of my Masters, I have to remember that the ‘suffering’ (that term is probably a tad harsh for this context, but I digress) that we’re going through now is worth it. It’s worth every second.
Every assignment that requires work late into the night. Every weekend we have to forgo drinks with friends to stay cooped up in the library. Every sunshiney day we look out the window and wish we could go out and enjoy the rare Vitamin D. Every relationship that is affected by the distance, the lack of attention… it’s worth it. At the end of this year, at the end of this ‘training period’, when we find our paths and our hard work has paid off, we have the potential to be champions. And the thought of being a champion (in whatever capacity that might be)? Well that is undoubtedly worth every second of suffering and uncertainty.