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    #HumansOfScottAFB: Airman 1st Class Casey Klimkiewicz [Image 18 of 23]

    #HumansOfScottAFB: Airman 1st Class Casey Klimkiewicz

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, IL, UNITED STATES

    03.22.2019

    Photo by Senior Airman Tara Stetler 

    375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

    "I started running in middle school because I couldn’t run across the gymnasium without panting, so I was like, ‘I’m going to change that. I’ll join track.’ And it was the worst school year ever because of how hard it was, but now I can run about five miles without breaking a sweat. I’m trying to get to the point where I can do marathons or triathlons.

    I apply running to my life a lot. There’s a cross country quote we had on our T-shirts in high school from a Russian writer, Fyodor Dostevsky: ‘Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness.’ My interpretation is that whatever discomfort or pain I go through, it reminds me to keep pushing through. This quote allows me to be resilient in the present moment, no matter the circumstances. Whether I am running five miles or dealing with a new work environment, this quote helps me get through the tough times. Every time it becomes difficult on my run, I tell myself, ‘Keep going. You’ve got this!’ Because in the end, any pain I go through in life will only make me stronger and better-equipped for even longer, faster, and more difficult runs and challenges.

    So I guess I really interpret the quote as, ‘Suffering is the sole origin of progress.’ Any suffering that I endure is only going to develop who I am as a person. Am I going to be the person that buckles under the pressure? Or am I going to be the person that pushes themselves past what their brain tells them they can do, despite the hardship they’ll face? I prefer to be the latter because nothing can stop those people from accomplishing their goals.”

    - Airman 1st Class Casey Klimkiewicz, 375th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician

    #HumansOfScottAFB is an ongoing photo series featuring the stories of people who work, live, and volunteer at Scott Air Force Base.

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    Date Taken: 03.22.2019
    Date Posted: 09.16.2019 16:46
    Photo ID: 5754641
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    Location: SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, IL, US 

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