Watched most of the documentary, SAS: The Search For Warriors by SBS, on the Australian SAS selection course (DVD, 2010). It's one of the most inspiring documentaries I've ever watched and it's hard to not come away happy to push the body. Admittedly, I need to be careful at the moment but I will keep up the hill walking to strengthen my legs and my ankle in particular. Anything to get my ankle strong and back into heels!
I needed a change of mental state last night from one of looking after other people. to being inspired. I have so much respect for those who tried and did not meet the grade. To put so much work into something and not achieve it is gut retching. The SAS (Special Air Service Regiment) though, much like the US Marine Corp is about being the best in the field, and fitting into the group. There's no point having a elite force if the standards are not exacting.
I can not help reflecting that some of the issues with western society stem from a lack of hard work, persistence in pain, responsibility and genuine achievement which always comes with the possibility of not meeting the grade. Why work hard, when anyone can achieve a qualification?
I will leave the last words in this post to the SAS, their motto? "Who Dares Wins"