I am grateful that my friend shared this powerful poem with us today. Reminds me of what my trainer, Janet Lee, said to me, “We need to experience Hell in order for us to be able to appreciate Heaven”. I hope this beautiful poem will inspire you to go the distance!

If you’re going to try, go all the way.
Otherwise, don’t even start.

If you’re going to try, go all the way.
This could mean losing girlfriends,
wives, relatives, jobs and maybe your mind.

Go all the way.
It could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days.
It could mean freezing on a park bench.
It could mean jail, it could mean derision, mockery, isolation.
Isolation is the gift,
All the others are a test of your endurance,
Of how much you really want to do it.
And you’ll do it despite rejection and the
worst odds and it will be better than
anything else you can imagine.

If you’re going to try,
Go all the way.
There is no other feeling like that.
You will be alone with the gods
and the nights will flame with fire.

Do it, do it, do it.
Do it.

All the way
All the way.
You will ride life straight to perfect laughter,
It’s the only good fight there is.

by Charles Bukowski

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