You know those stories of folks who've made it through difficult adversity? The stories that make people famous, or at least greatly respected? The story usually mentions or even centers on the person's undying resolve to prove themselves or to prove others wrong. Maybe there's no other way out or they've invested so much, they're at the point of do or die.
I've never been in a situation like that before.
I've traveled all over the world. I was highly involved in both high school and college. At times I pushed my work loads and extra curriculars until everything else became a haze, but I've never felt that extreme pressure, that heat from the crucible, until now.