It was a little bit foggy, wet, windy and very cold and that was at the bottom of the hill we were looking up at. It wasn’t a terribly big hill, but I knew it would need considerable effort and some temporary pain. Whilst the rain splashed onto our jackets and the wind howled, Chris and I looked at each other and we simultaneously said, “do we really want to go up that in this weather?” Oh yes ……. no pain, no gain! So, we went up the hill and it hurt. Up there, it was wetter, windier and much colder! However, the ‘euphoric high’ was worth it. It was like medicine healing the mind.
The ‘euphoric high’ is kicking in!
Whatever your ‘hill’ is, two of the common elements required to ‘climb it’ are motivation and willpower. However, if you’re fighting cancer and you’re being affected by the symptoms or the side effects of treatment, it can be easy to opt to stay within your ‘comfort zone’ even though you know the ‘hill‘ might do you some good. I suspect this is a common predicament for a cancer patient, do I ‘climb that hill’ or do I walk away? Sure, I walk away from the “hill” occasionally, but I try not to make a habit of it.
My personal hill metaphor is actually a hill but yours can be something else as described above. Just do something hard!
Go and climb that hill!
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