Have you ever felt like you have had “enough”? Maybe the kids are driving you up the wall or your job is stressing you out. Maybe you are overwhelmed with school work and do not know which end is up. Maybe you are trying your best to put yourself out there in a social or dating scene and you just cannot seem to find what you need. Or maybe you are half way through a long hike and you are not sure you are going to be able to make it up the rest of the mountain.
We can get to a point where we feel like we have had “enough” in nearly every aspect of our lives. We feel like the effort we have given is good enough and that we will be content with where we decided to stop. If you think this way, you could not be more wrong. Do not underestimate yourself! The truth is, we are capable of so much than our “enough”. It is only when we convince ourselves that what lies beyond is so incredible, that we discover how strong we really are.
When my wife and I started this hike in Mt. Rainier National Park last year, I was not sure how things were going to go. We were still recovering from the rigors of two long hikes in the Mt. Hood National Forest and Olympic National Park, as well as coming down from the high of getting engaged. The initial incline was so intense that our calves started to burn and our breathing felt restricted 30 minutes in. I looked back at her and saw that her tank was running low. I had my tough guy face on and I was getting to my “enough” point. Thankfully, we found a burst of energy, powered through, and saw some of the most incredible landscape along the way.
We have had some “enough” stages during our engagement and into our life as a married couple. We thought we had enough of the commute back and forth from Illinois to Michigan. Leah’s schooling can be demanding and there are times where she feels like she cannot get ahead. There have been times with my job and adjusting to life in a new place where I have had a hard time, thinking I had enough. We are in the midst of life as a young, broke married couple and I can honestly say I have enjoyed it all. Sure, I do get frustrated sometimes and things are not always pretty, but I know that we are improving every day. We are constantly looking “enough” in the face and telling him to move over. We are on the right track and are making the decision to move forward without knowing what the future will hold. This is how we live.
I do not know what you are going through, but never let your “enough” be enough. Fight for the extra inch, take a step in the right direction, and do not give in so easy. You are capable of so much more than you give yourself credit for. Now go prove it!