I like to think that character is revealed during the trials of life, and I have certainly known my fair share of them.  In endurance sports, like some strange form of voluntary waterboarding, we practically immerse ourselves in trials regularly.


When you've fallen far and you claw your way back out,

you learn to persevere through struggle,

to become fierce through grit.


Nobody can give you those experiences,

nobody can make those sacrifices on your behalf,

nobody's going to make those tough decisions for you.


You make them from the depths of willpower,
and out of necessity.


These are my hard-earned experiences.