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If you’re trying to tackle something, be it a fitness goal or anything else, be determined above all else.

“Impossible is nothing.” -Muhammad Ali

It would be easy.

It was just under four months ago that I completed radiation for brain cancer. You’ll be tired afterward, they said. It may take you six months to feel normal again. You won’t have much energy. You might lose vision, have seizures, or just feel exhausted all the time. It might be hard to sleep.

These stark realities run contrary to the motivational quotes and armchair philosophy I see every day. “You can do anything you want to. Dream big. Veni, vidi, vici. The only thing that stands in your way is you.” It’s in social media, book titles, song lyrics: inspirational ideas that blithely ignore the fact that sometimes, what stands in your way is something much bigger than you. I find…

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