The Brick Walls

The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They are there to stop the other people!

This quote, by Randy Pausch, has been a source of encouragement for me every single bloody time I’m frustrated by the process to become an expat in Italy. The good news is that it’s widely applicable to any situation that is – I won’t say difficult, I’ll say – challenging.

Honestly, I’ve thought about this quote so many times over the last three years that it just occurred to me I should get it as a tattoo. Hmm…

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