We all know that life is a struggle and in fact it is a continuous struggle where there may be a series of failures also but the real players will not be discouraged by that and will keep their efforts with a refreshed and rejuvenated mind. Every failure gives us a lesson and experience to go ahead with modified schemes and plans so that the chances of failures reduce significantly. So we must take up the challenges and the marathons that we encounter in our lives time to time.
Knowledge is power.
We have discussed success and failure in this forum many times, in different forms and this thread is also not very different, except for the scenario. But the point is that life is not about competing with others or with yourself. It is about understanding one's limitations and capabilities and maintaining the will and vigour to move forward until you reach your goal, no matter how much time you take or how many difficulties you face.
'Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power'. -Lao Tzu
But for some people, it is really a marathon. They have to run for making their kitchen run. Here the goal will be different. For them, meeting the minimum needs of their family will be the only goal in life. They will try and manage somehow. They can't withdraw from that. So they will keep on trying till they achieve the same.
There will be different marathons and all can't participate in all of them. Participation will be based on eligibility. So we should also take a decision of participation based on our capacity and necessity.