New adventures are great because you can enter into them without a jaded expression. You don't know how long of a road it is. You don't know how hard it will be. You don't know what equipment you're missing.
Simply put, ignorance is bliss.
This goes for everything - working out, singing, studying, business, relationships. The longer people go at it, the faster those rose-tinted glasses break into a million tiny shards that forever blind you to the feeling any sort of innocent joy ever again.
And while you're slowly picking glass out of your eye to once again see the path ahead, there comes a day when you realize all the things you wish you would have known before starting.
It seems time and money are two things we never have enough of. And though people warn us with vague threats of how much time will need to be dedicated to a project, they never give numbers.
And maybe that's for the best. I mean, if someone told me that in order to get a somewhat above average body I'd have to kick my own ass six days a week for 2-3 hours each day, I might have shied away.
But who am I kidding? I'm a masochist at heart.
My dad always, always, always, always told me about sacrifice. It's one of those "dad"isms that I will forever thank him for because, even though I couldn't understand what he was hinting at when I was 5, at 28 I now understand what he meant all those times when he asked me what I would be willing to sacrifice to achieve my dreams.
And that's a damn important question you'll be faced with at different points in your path. Sometimes the sacrifice is as easy as giving up your favorite dessert. Other times it's putting to rest a different dream until the time is right to pick it back up again.
While you navigate your own life-changing moments, remember to always take responsibility for what you choose. Only then can you find peace with who you are now, who you were and who you will become. It's something that will save you from a lifetime of asking yourself, "what if".
You know what? Whatever it is you do, you're going to hate it eventually. You're going to wake up and loathe the very thought of ever having to do that thing again.
And this is normal. And this is okay. Everyone hits this point. Not everyone pushes beyond it.
The key is to learn how to do it even when it makes you physically sick to think about. If you keep with it, the highs and lows will mellow out, and you'll no longer feel such detestation. You just have to stay strong.
In the end, though, no matter how negative all this might seem, there's a reason to pursue. It's the fact that undertaking something you really enjoy brings a sense of fulfillment most other things can't. It reminds you that you are capable of more.
Very few endeavors will make you feel like you've made a difference, so make sure when you find yours, you really take note and open yourself up to the potential they can show you.
Co-host of HeroesForge, founder of Battle to Be Better, gamer, singer and all around happy person.