Sporting analogies are appropriate in a lot of circumstances. Today I was cycling with 11 year old ds. I was getting tired and the way home seemed a lot harder and more uphill than normal. I told him to go ahead.
DS said than uphill is part of cycling, I don’t have a choice if I want to get home. Just chuck the bike down a couple of gears and keep going. He said that if it gets tough, just go down a gear and it will seem easier. It might take longer to get home, but I will get there.
Out of the mouth of a babe. So if life is a long game, we will have uphills that are harder to climb on some days. Rather than give up, let us all just chuck it back a gear or two, take it a little easier but get there in the end. No matter where or what ‘there’ is.