“Work until you can’t work any more. Then work harder.”
There is a certain PhD website that will go unnamed but I’ve been a member for a long time and there, my friends, is my tag line. Work until you can’t work anymore. Then work harder. I believe that and more importantly I lived that. I hold fast as truth that we cannot always run full speed through life, that we require periods of rest and recuperation. But I see no reason to just sit around through life!
I see my tagline every day as I am on the site every day but this morning it caused me to pause a moment. I ran full-out to finish my dissertation and now I am in a period of recuperation from that race. In May, I was able to start going back to ballet class and as you recall, all went well… for a couple of weeks. Then my foot started to give me problems. Since then I’ve been back and forth to classes in spurts and starts. The foot creating issues where I don’t want them and making me question once again if my role in ballet is in a seat in the audience. It has been determined that I have not damaged it further but that my foot, like the rest of my body, has gotten weak and if you remember, I had weak foot muscles to begin with.
Starting last week I began to get up at 0530 in the morning to work out before heading off to my day job so that I can get my physio-training in each day and I repeat a short version of it in the evening after ballet class. Even so, I’ve been feeling very discouraged as of late because the progress as I see it is minimal. But today I reminded myself – work until you can’t work any more… and then work harder. I am listening to my body and making sure to watch for signs of injury but I’m not backing off of challenges because therein comes the change.
I have struggled through challenges before and I will struggle through challenges again. The question isn’t can I work harder but will I work harder? And the answer is simple, yes. I will work until I can’t work anymore and then I will work even harder because I want to. I want to.