Updated: Nov 17, 2019
Struggle is the fortification of a Gentleman’s soul. Trouble will always come, life will never be easy. It’s in that struggle that a successful man will find comfort. When you have a trophy or some symbol of victory on your wall, is it that item that matters? No, it’s the fight you gave to obtain it! The trophy or medal is merely a symbol to show what you’ve accomplished. The accomplishment itself is the struggle, as well as knowing that you are yet again finding yourself at the beginning of something new.
You will always face struggle. You are strong enough to move forward. Life will never be easy. You will find comfort in the grit and grind of the daily uphill battle you’re granted to live in. It’s this comfort that makes life worth living. We are not meant to be lazy. Our bodies are not made to go without some form of toil. Our minds must be challenged to feel satisfied. You’re never alone in the feeling of struggle, though you must metaphorically fight your battle single handedly with your ankles tied and your eyes covered. Life isn’t meant to be easy.
Nor will it ever be. To sit idly and waste away is the life of a sinful fool.
While you are lazy, do not expect inspiration. “Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.” - Tchaikovsky. An idle mind is not creative and a creative mind forced to be idle is torturous. Give your mind a place to be lively by physically moving yourself to new boundaries. It’s so easy in this world to lose track of our natural irking for struggle and triumph. “If I have a book which understands for me, a pastor who has a conscience for me, a physician who decides my diet, and so forth, I need not trouble myself. I need not think…” - Immanuel Kant
If you are stuck like a pig in a rut, leap out and declare yourself as no longer a lazy fool, but as a man of virtue and honor. Accepting the struggle as the goal is the very tool that will make you a successful man. In any case, admitting your faults are necessary for improvement. It is not easy and therefore, it’s the exact kind of struggle you should seek.
What we are meant to do is learn from our mistakes and make the same battles easier to win the next time we face them.
Aut Viam Inveniam Aut Faciam. I shall either find a way or I will make one.