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I CAN’T GO ON!
I know the old advice: one step at a time, but sometimes each step can be so agonizing that it only brings you closer to quitting. That was me at the Chicago marathon. It was my first attempt at 42 GRUELING kilometres and after the first hour or so I was ready to make a left off of the course and take the short cut to the runner’s rest area. I had had ENOUGH. My legs hurt and I suddenly didn’t see the point of putting myself through this.
“Life’s hard,” says Joel Madden of Good Charlotte, “but you gotta keep going.” (See Living Proof, pg.20). This obviously sounds like good advice but I know when you’re in the thick of things…it’s not that easy.
So, maybe it’s not, but who says it’s supposed to be? Chuck Comeau of Simple Plan says, “Most people we meet are not happy.” (See The World Gone Crazy, pg.26) But really, anyone who thinks life is supposed to be problem free, with NO hard choices, NO pain, NO tears and NO bad days is living in denial. I don’t mean to sound cynical, but how can you appreciate a warm spring day without living through a blizzard?
I’m slowly starting to learn that it’s those really tough moments that offer you the opportunity to define who you are. What do you do when the going gets tough? Do you pack up and give in? Or do you dig in and move forward?
Star designer and head stylist for mega-celebs Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Judy Swartz says if you persist and work really hard you’ll naturally progress, (see pg.56). And for the Trews guitarist John Angus Macdonald and the rest of the band, “Try, try and try a few hundred times more,” seems to have worked (see pg. 32).
Turns out running the marathon wasn’t just a race for me, but a chance to see what I was made of. I FINISHED. I don’t know exactly what it said about me but I know how I felt when I crossed the finish line — and honestly I don’t think it would have felt so good if I hadn’t gone through hell to get there.
Don’t give up.
Lorraine is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Faze Magazine
Thanks again to Nike and Mike Beleza for your support, and to Alana, Scott and Z for being the best curb crew in Chicago!
Faze Editorial Assistant, Maya, enjoys some down-time with a couple of the guys from Simple Plan, Sebastien (left) and Jeff.
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I was appalled and outraged when I read “Speak for Those Who Can’t” [Issue 17]. The “facts” are untrue and are presented in a misleading fashion. Some animals may be treated inhumanely, but putting a blanket clause over the entire fur and animal industry is unjust. Most animals are kept humanely and euthanized before being slaughtered.
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