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I wrote Embedded Grit before, and the whole world's changed since, and the funny thing about the difference is that it's all been about deciding that the pain and hurt was inconsequential. The alone-ness, the suffocating expectation, the decided confusion... once I made up my mind to seek my goal as a thirsty blade does, all the whispers and nudges of doubt and frustration, fear and weariness, all of that living inside my head just went away.
It was the act of deciding that minimised the mountain. It was just being there in a place of stillness that shortened the path. And it was this new headspace that I radiated that determined the smoother journey that threw itself in my way. It turns out that the world patterns itself based on what you give, not the other way around.
I will learn from the one who didn't see me, and have done, and there's nothing that can stop me from doing so. And they'd have to try a heck of a lot harder to make me even reconsider. And just by deciding to do so, I changed. And because I changed, the place around me changed. And because the place around me changed, I know that anything is possible. Even if I can't see the next step yet and it all just seems too hard.
Just train, Just train... That's the secret! That's the secret!
(I had a really great night at class tonight! can you tell?)