The last mileWritten by Justin on September 25, 2015
The last mile is always the hardest.
I’m soaked from the rain. My tires spit with every spin, speckling my face with mud.
I turn right on 43rd, and start pedalling up the hill.
And it gets steeper. Steeper than I like. Cranks groan with every push, and so do my knees. I’m tired.
This morning’s ride wasn’t like this. It was easy. Fast. Effortless. Coasting down the hill like a king; ready to command and conquer.
But now I’m just a man on stupid bike getting passed by cars.
There’s no momentum going up this damned hill. No coasting. With every thrust the incline gets steeper. Harder and harder.
I could stop.
That’s a scary thought. I could just pull over, and rest. But if I sit, I don’t get home. Home’s my goal. That’s why I’m pushing up this hill. I want to get home tonight.
The dark is my deadline. I don’t want to be out here pedalling after the sun goes down. The deadline drives me forward.
It feels like eternity. But I finally get to my turn. Porch light’s on.
I climbed that hill. It feels good now. I’m home.
Almost every project is enthralling at the beginning, and a grind at the end.
The last mile is the hardest, but it’s also the most important. It’s where you finish. Wrap it up. Ship it.
I always forget how important deadlines are. When I bike home from my office, my deadline is to be home before supper. It keeps me on track: no side streets or diversions – I’ve got to get home.
Projects need deadlines. When you don’t have a deadline it’s like riding around aimlessly; you’re covering distance but not getting anywhere.
Set a deadline. Point yourself up that hill. Travel that last mile. It’s a grind, but you can do it.
It’s the hardest part, but home is calling your name.
PS: I’m launching the book I’ve been writing on October 15th.
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