en·dur·ance /ɛnˈdʊərəns, -ˈdyʊər-/ Show Spelled
1. the fact or power of enduring or bearing pain, hardships, etc.
2. the ability or strength to continue or last, esp. despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions; stamina: He has amazing physical endurance.
3. lasting quality; duration: His friendships have little endurance.
#2 is my favorite part of the definition. I don't like the part about pain and hardship. Well, I guess there was some initial pain with the surgery itself, but at this point I'm not suffering a hardship.
I've said many times that this is a process. I am in it for the long haul. This word makes me think back to when I was in training for my first 5K. I didn't care how fast I finished the race, I just wanted to finish it! My goal was to be able to run the entire thing without stopping for a walk break. In fact, I was endurance training.
So here I am with the band, doing the work, and not paying much attention to how long it takes me. This is my life, and I have the rest of it to live, and work on my goals. There may be bumps in the road along the way, and it's going to take a while, but I will continue the journey because I'm training in endurance.