Friday, November 5, 2010

Motivational Quotes :)

The other day I decided my motivational quote for life needs to become my motivational quote for running. 
When I am challenged by a certain task, I feel like there's too much on my plate, or I just want to give up, I always repeat the lines:
"I am the master of my fate
I am the captain of my soul"

from the poem "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley

The poem was first introduced to me by my brother, Taylor, a few years ago. Him and his friends named their Ultimate Frisbee team Invictus and had the poem on the back of their shirts. Those lines have always inspired me to keep going, keep pushing, keep trying, which I think could really help me out with running. I even made a sign for myself with the quote and the words "Chicago Marathon 2011" on it. Hopefully it will be the push I need. Which reminds me that I still need to see the movie!

The whole poem goes like this:


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

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