We often dream of the days where we don’t have to set an alarm. We can go to sleep completely unbeknownst to what the next day holds. However, we often skip the late nights and early mornings that come before this dream.
On a cold winter night, with the moon slowly making its way across the sky, I sit here wondering why I am still awake when the only ones who are awake are usually on the complete opposite side of the world. I, like many others, have many goals and aspirations. Some big and some small, but none can be without these two things: sacrifice and pain.
That’s something that many of us say we are willing to go through in order to reach our dreams. But how many will truly illustrate the words they speak? How many will paint the picture they so often have in their minds?
Success comes with many things and sacrifice is one of them.
You will miss out on some weekends. You will miss out on some connections. You will miss out on sleep. You will miss out on life.
Success comes with many things and pain is one of them.
The pain that you feel when you see your peers hanging out without you. The pain you feel when you see your last couple dollars being spent. The pain you feel when you get the incessant feeling that what you’re doing isn’t worth it. The pain you feel when you think you’ve failed.
While many of us don’t like to admit it, we all feel pain. But how you channel that pain is what will set you apart.
Are you going to let it consume you? Are you going to let your sacrifices fall in vain?
Some will. Some won’t. Which one are you?
I often think back to my years in high school when this topic arises. I had to grow up quick knowing that others weren’t going to give me anything. I had to work for what I wanted. I made a lot of sacrifices that my those around me now didn’t have to. I didn’t have a safety net to fall back on if I failed.
As a young kid, you want to fit in. You want to have the cool clothes, cool things, and cool life. I remember having two pairs of jeans and one pair of shoes to last me the entire year. The pain that I felt never having those cool things was hard. It’s funny looking back at it now because at the time it was so important to me. But I never let it consume me.
I always tried to stay focused on the bigger picture.
They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
All of your sacrifices and all of the pain you felt will never be forgotten. It will keep you determined. You will remember when you spent your last dollar and went to sleep hungry. You will remember when all you had to do was work just to make it to the next week. You will remember everything, which is why you will not fail.
The good thing about starting from the bottom is that the only way you can go is up. You climb, fail, climb, fail, climb, and fail and make sacrifices in order to make it to the top.
Once you’re there, you realize that all of the late nights and early mornings were worth it. You look back and see all of the steps, turns, and redirections you had to make. You think about how things could’ve been different.
But, you wouldn’t have it any other way.
There is no way you would have made it without all those things. I’m glad I grew up with one pair of shoes every year. I’ll always remember what that’s like. The next time you want to throw in the towel. The next time you think you’re not good enough. The next time you think you’re a failure.
Success comes with many things. Especially, sacrifice and pain.
All until you reach that dream of never having to set an alarm ever again.