Extra-Ordinary Effort

I had it all planned out.  I’d quit my job, start a foundation to fund the political projects I believe in.  finally get to take structure Hebrew classes, run a hundred miles a week, go out and spend a month in Hueco climbing every day.  Get another degree for fun.  It’d be great.

But alas, it didn’t work out.  I did not win the lottery.  Instead, I worked another seventy hour week.  Such is the life of a working stiff.  We try to find time for the things that bring us fulfillment, but the boss always wants more.  We carve out time where we can and fight a rear guard action against bourgeois normalcy.  We get up before the sun to fit in a run, we stay up late, with Nimet Habachy on WQXR keeping us company, and try to puzzle out the logic of Hebrew vowels. We take a sick pride in being really tired and we tell ourselves over and over that if you want an extraordinary life, you’re going to need to put in extra-ordinary effort.

So far this month, I’ve held on to my running streak, but hit another bump in the Hebrew study.  Without a structured class , Hebrew will continue to an uphill battle.  But with my insane work schedule, a class is pretty much out of the question.  Running is easier –just do it a lot and you will get better.  I don’t need anyone to correct my grammar when I run; I just need to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

It’s a struggle to try to fit all this in, and sometimes I feel like a crazy person setting these personal goals all the time.  But that’s who I am.  And I’ll carry on, writing when I can, studying and running when I can, and trying to stay interesting and alive in a world that seems desperate to bring my personal ambitions down to size.

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About seanv2

Scholar, gentleman, jock. I run the website Milo and the Calf. There you will find the Boston Qualifier Questionnaire where runners share their stories of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. You'll also find my thoughts on endurance sports, ancient history, Judaism, and hundreds of book reviews.
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6 Responses to Extra-Ordinary Effort

  1. iamsmt says:

    And now for the worst appropriation of hip hop lyrics ever (I am ashamed yet I’m going to do it anyway): Life’s a bitch and then you die, that’s why we get runner’s high…

    No seriously, I hear you. And I think that it is really true. Running/working out is the one thing that kind of never lets you down in terms of making a commitment to it. One foot in front of another and then you will finally get there. If only the rest of life could be so mind-numbingly simple. Though I’m pretty sure that is precisely why running is so addictive; also why its popularity as a hobby is probably directly proportional to the degree of advancement of capitalism in any particular culture.

    Anyway, back to my dissertation, but best of luck to you!

  2. seanv2 says:

    If only the rest of life could be so mind-numbingly simple.

    Exactly! Its comforting to know that effort in equals results out. What else is like that?

    Hope you’re getting some exercise in while you write your dissertation!

    • iamsmt says:

      Eh, I actually do think that the rest of life does abide by the effort in = effort out rule (of physics), but just not in such straightforward ways. Or at least I am happy to maintain the illusion/my delusion that it does. In my life news, I have started doing 3x/wk workouts at 6:30 AM with this group: http://november-project.com/. It almost makes me psyched to live in Boston! (and running at a more reasonable 7:30/8ish the other days)

  3. Adam says:

    I was reading, highly impressed and amazed, till I got to the lottery part, I have to admit, the way you put it is very funny.

    I have read somewhere that:

    When you are a child, you get time and energy, but no money.
    As you get older, you get money and energy, but no time.
    Once you retire, you get money and time, but no energy.

    So, live the moment and give thanks for who you are, which I believe you already do.

    Hope you’ve been having a wonderful Hanukkah.
    Shalom velehitraot

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  5. Celeste (Joe's Mom) says:

    Happy Birthday Sean!

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