A cold smile overtook my face as the words shook me to my core.
I felt understood.
It was the first time someone had ever put into words the feeling I carried with me everywhere I went. Or should I say, the feeling I tried to carry with me.
Here’s the exact quote…
The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be outworked, period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me, you might be all of those things – you got it on me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there’s two things: You’re getting off first, or I’m going to die. It’s really that simple. – Will Smith
Those words have guided me throughout the years, something like the light at the end of tunnels. And they have served as a constant reminder to keep running, even when I felt like rolling up in a ball (and the voice inside my head told me to stop hustling).