Your eyes are heavy.
Your brain is fried.
Your muscles ache.
You want to quit.
Most people would, but you aren't most people.
The world will tell you that it's ok.
They'll say "look how far you've come, you should be happy. Why aren't you satisfied?"
You know better than to listen to everyone else. They can't see what you see because God didn't give them the same vision.
When you want to quit, think about why you started. Rest, recharge, and reload but don't you quit. You
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