I've said it before but Friday Night Lights is, hands down, the best drama on television. In its fifth and final season now, if you're not watching it, you're really missing out.
Anyway, there was a really beautiful scene in this previous week's episode between Coach Taylor and his quarterback Vince. When we first met Vince, he was struggling with decisions. He was on a path toward becoming a loser. A criminal. Since that time, he's become a leader. But it's never good enough for the people around him. He struggles daily with the expectations of the people in his life. And he finally loses it. Everyone wants him to be better and he just doesn't know if he CAN be better. That's when Coach tells him that no one's telling him to BE better, they're telling him to STRIVE to be better.
It was one line that I think encapsulates the sum of what we should all be trying to do. I know that I'm never going to be JK Rowling or Susan Cooper or Neil Gaiman or JRR Tolkien. But that doesn't mean that I'm not going to strive to be them every day. Every time I sit down at my keyboard, I'm going to try harder, work harder, and do the absolute best that I can. Anything less is a waste of time.
That's it. That's all I have to say. Strive to be better. That's all you have to do.