The most important step you will ever take, is not the first step. Nor is it the last step. Rather, it is the one you take immediately after you cannot take another step because you are so weary, exhausted, and broken that you cannot move. While the second-most important step, is the one immediately after that step. This is because we grow through suffering. And as a steel-blade is forged in a fire and hammered into shape one blow at a time, so are we. So do not listen to those who tell you to avoid suffering and seek release from the pain. They do not know what it is to be fully human. They do not know the real secret to human transformation and turning a bar of lead into an ingot of gold.