To strive – to make strenuous efforts toward any goal: to strive for success.

 

Striving is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.

 

My primary school motto was ‘to strive and serve’ – work hard and give back to others - in essence, a conscientious and civically minded philosophy to instil in kids. But striving has connotations of more than just ‘hard work’; it’s

Straining, struggling, pushing sh!t up a hill.

 

Exertion, effort, slogging it out towards an outcome. 

 

Lack of flow, an absence of ease, a bloody-minded battle.

 

For me, (you may be able to tell) it’s got some pretty strongly negative associations when I dig down into my relationship with the concept.

 

The fact is, I don’t want to ‘make strenuous efforts’ towards my goals. I want to feel passionate, lit up, called, dr...

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