Are you dirty,
Good. I encourage it. Keep on keeping on.
Good on you. I salute you.
You can call yourself a prize-fighter. Few others can.
Most will be satisfied to spectate and comment about you being in the arena.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat…among the free peoples who govern themselves there is but a small field of usefulness open for the men of cloistered life who shrink from contact with their fellows. Still less room is there for those who deride of slight what is done by those who actually bear the brunt of the day; nor yet for those others who always profess that they would like to take action, if only the conditions of life were not exactly what they actually are. The man who does nothing cuts the same sordid figure in the pages of history, whether he be a cynic, or fop, or voluptuary. There is little use for the being whose tepid soul knows nothing of great and generous emotion, of the high pride, the stern belief, the lofty enthusiasm, of the men who quell the storm and ride the thunder. Well for these men if they succeed; well also, though not so well, if they fail, given only that they have nobly ventured, and have put forth all their heart and strength.”
This excerpt was taken from the speech given by Theodore Roosevelt: Citizenship In A Republic. It was delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910.
Print this out and frame it. Hang it on your wall. It has been on mine for years.
There will be naysayers.
As you go about creating your life, reference it. There will be detractors. There will be naysayers. There will be those who said It Couldn’t Be Done.
And they are so right, for them.
You, on the other hand, will do it.
You will embrace life in the arena.
In closing, you will…
Live it LOUD!