Two days back, a friend stood at the start line of her first full marathon. She hadn't been keeping well and shouldn't have been running; but she hadn't wanted to back down. She took off with the rest, and maintained her pace for seven kilometers before the pain struck. She ignored the pain as runners train themselves to, but when she started seeing black spots in front of her eyes, she realized she could not go on.
I always thought it took courage to finish. Now I realize that sometimes it takes the same amount of courage to drop out.