The constant saying that I told myself that got me through college was, “if it were easy, everyone would do it.” That is part of a line from the 1992 movie A League of Their Own. Tom Hanks as Jimmy Dugan as he managed the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League the Rockford Peaches.
The whole line he said during one scene was:
“It’s supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everyone would do it.”
I swear that movie was on HBO all the time during my childhood after it came on the premium cable. That phrase was just an easy way for me to keep grinding away at my diplomas in college.
Now, living with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, or SPMS, and cervical stenosis with myopathy, or CSM I am reminded of those words. Trying to simply live life and function as a person and not be depressed is a challenge for me now. Health and reality literally seem contrary to my every want and need.
One bright beacon of hope is that I will be on Medicare next year after being “disabled” for two years. That change from only Medicaid to both that and Medicare for my health insurers. That ought to make getting the medical services, supplies, and medications I need easier.
Life is not easy, as that is the fun and adventure of living in this world. That quote got me all the way through grad school, and it appears we will all need that motivational saying to just get through life.