I May Have Coined My First Inspirational Quote While Going Into Mild Cardiac Arrest

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I make it to the top of the hill, and I am DYING. I’m wheezing, I’m sweating, and one guy cutting logs in his yard asked me to keep the sound of my beating heart down a bit because he couldn’t hear his chainsaw.

Starting Credit Card Debt (01.01.19): $126,310.77
Current Credit Card Debt: $109,570.87
Total Paid Off: $16,739.90
Income Going to Savings: 2%

It’s beautiful here in my neck of the woods right now. Temperatures crest just above 70 degrees, and that’s perfect jogging weather for me.

I never used to be a jogger and I still can’t really say as though I enjoy jogging, but I do like how I feel after a good run. When you’ve hit that “jogging wall” where you feel like you’re going to collapse, you tend to drop into an almost meditative state. At least I do. Half the time I will be running and then suddenly snap back into reality and realize that I’ve covered a couple of miles but don’t really remember much of it at all.

As I’ve said in previous posts, when I exercise I tend to push myself pretty hard. It’s really the only way I know how to properly trick my brain into forgetting about things like finances and credit cards.

So today I was running hard. I had hit about 1.75 miles at an 9 minute mile pace, which isn’t bad considering… well… I’m old.

I rounded a corner of a road I hadn’t run on before, and there in front of me was a gigantic hill. I was exhausted by this point, but I knew if I made it to the top without stopping, it would be roughly 2 miles, and then I could turn around and head back to hit 4 miles in total.

I began charging up the hill. I try to sprint up hills so that I can just get them over with. When I’m coaching youth lacrosse I often tell kids that are running sprints for conditioning, “Remember that the faster you get these over with, the faster you get them over with.” I take this same advice when I’m running up a hill. Why prolong the agony?

I make it to the top of the hill, and I am DYING. I’m wheezing, I’m sweating, and one guy cutting logs in his yard asked me to keep the sound of my beating heart down a bit because he couldn’t hear his chainsaw.

As I paused briefly at the top of the hill before setting out on my return home, it hit me. My first inspirational quote I’ve ever thought of…

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“Remember that the uphills of the journey there are the downhills of the journey home.”

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The quote just sort of landed in my head, and I didn’t give it too much thought. I just sort of started running back. However as I ran, it kind of began to set in.

I’m in an uphill battle right now. I’ve got a pile of debt, and it feels like I’m trying to run up a mountain. However I know that the harder that I work and the more I commit to making it to the top as quickly as possible, the rest of the journey is going to seem like a breeze.

I don’t know if you’re in a situation that resembles mine in any way, but if you are then I suggest you attack your hill. Sprint up it as fast as you can. Take every extra dime and nickel and put it towards your debt. Pay it off, reach the summit, and enjoy the rest of your journey. “The faster you get this over with, the faster you get this over with.”

My wife and I have committed to sprinting up this hill. If everything goes according to plan, we’ll hit close to $50,000 in debt paid off this year. This will take tremendous sacrifice and discipline on our part, and it will only get us part way up that hill but we aren’t stopping until we reach the top.

I don’t know that I’ll see my quote showing up on t-shirts or coffee mugs anytime soon, but it works for me, and I hope it makes sense to you. One more time just for the hell of it:

“Remember that the uphills of the journey there are the downhills of the journey home.”

If you took something at all from this post, please share it with someone you think could benefit as well. It would mean a lot.

Have a great weekend everyone, and keep digging.

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