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Pain is inevitable.  Suffering is optional.

-U.S. Navy SEALS


Navy SEAL Recruits. Hell Week, Day 1.


. . .  As we learn, we must be daily unlearning something which it has cost us no small labour and anxiety to acquire.

-Theodore Alois Buckley,
Introduction to Homer’s Odyssey, trans. Alexander Pope, c. 1850


Hell Week. First cut.


Hell Week. Waiting.


One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision.

-Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, 1871


Hell Week. Timbers, no sleep.


Pain is weakness leaving the body.

-U.S. Navy SEALS


Hell Week. Frigid surfing.


If you are in hell, keep moving.

-D. Brown


Hell Week. Running.


Hell Week graduates.


What remains:



Hell Week Beach. Next.

Onward.  Have at it.



©10 June 2012 Isabella Darling.  All rights reserved.  Images as attributed.  Video via standard youtube license.