Victory is nothing; Pride is everything

Victory is everything

The sweet taste of triumph

Cascading across your tongue

Giving you bliss

Fulfilment

Acceptance

Victory is everything

 

NO IT’S NOT

 

WHO CARES IF YOU WIN

If you lose yourself

WHO CARES IF YOU WIN

If you don’t do your best

WHO CARES IF YOU WIN

If you don’t work your hardest

 

Victory is nothing

Pride is everything

Victory is only a byproduct

Of pouring your soul into your work

 

Pride is the culmination

Of thousands of hours

Full of blood, sweat, and tears

Pride is fulfilment

Pride is that feeling in your gut

That you get when you tried

When you gave everything you had

And then a little bit more

Pride comes with the extra 10 yards

Pride comes with that extra hour

Pride comes with sleepless nights of work

Pride comes with that last sprint

 

Victory lasts but a few short moments

Before it dissolves into your memories

It will fill you with a meager sense of accomplishment

As you look back from your deathbed

And remember what you accomplished once

But it won’t stick to you

It won’t become a part of your being

 

Pride lasts forever

It follows you

Affecting your life

How you live

How you carry yourself

How you breathe

 

You can breathe when you lose

You can live on when you lose

 

But you can’t carry yourself like a champion

You can’t breathe like a champion

Without pride

Pride that comes with knowing you gave it all

You left nothing on the field

On the track

In the classroom

 

You must tell yourself

I WILL BE THE BEST

I WILL DEDICATE MY HEART AND SOUL

NO ONE WILL TEAR ME DOWN

AND IF THEY TRY

I WILL ROAR IN THEIR FACE

AND SHOW THEM WHAT I AM MADE OF

 

And when your body tells you it’s had enough

When your mind tells you to just give up

You will scream back

GIVE ME MORE

I WILL NOT BE HELD BACK

WORK HARDER

FORGET YOUR LIMITS

YOUR LIMITS DO NOT EXIST

I WILL BE THE BEST

AND NO ONE WILL TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME

NOT EVEN MYSELF

 

When you know pride

You know what it is to work

To be proud of your accomplishments

Victory means nothing

If you didn’t bleed for it first

 

When everything else melts away

All I need is pride

 

This poem is about: 
Me
Our world

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