I throw in the towel regularly, as it is not my nature to pursue difficult goals or persevere in the face of obstacles. Especially now, at my advanced age, I feel there’s even less of a reason to cause myself extra pain or stress just to chase an elusive dream. We always hear the positive side of no pain, no gain, but we rarely acknowledge the negative, which is mo pain, mo pain.
For all the people who pushed through their limits to complete a marathon, there are a bunch of poor souls left on the side of the road with heat exhaustion, torn ligaments, sprained ankles, etc. We read about a single mom who lived on four hours sleep for 10 years while working two jobs so she could finish her literary masterpiece and get a million-dollar advance, but there are also thousands of others who sacrifice sleep to write and get nowhere but massively tired. I am no longer willing to make that sacrifice ~ I love sleep!
I can easily adapt to new situations (hence the towel reference), if I have to, but most of the time it’s unnecessary to adapt when I can simply withdraw. Thus, it’s important I know where my towel is at all times so I can throw it in. Guess where I learned about this Hitchhiker’s Guide towel nonsense? Yep, from some man on a dating site who was a nerd supreme and said he was madly attracted to me. I stayed up for an entire night video-chatting with him, and the next day he ghosted me.
I should have thrown in my towel right then instead of chasing the elusive butterfly of love for several more fruitless years. All my towels are now safely back in the closet where they belong.
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