All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity is easy. Stay away from easy. Scott Alexander.
I've come to believe that we are surrounded by mediocrity. Most of us are, despite what we would like to believe, mediocre. Everything we do, we do halfheartedly, rarely giving anything everything we've got. We stumble through life making poor decisions, ruing our situation and making more poor decisions. We go out to play and we pursue our chosen sport with half the vigour we could making excuses about why we aren't climbing/skiing/biking hard.
The only reason society advances at all is that there are a few rare individuals who rise above mediocrity and give themselves passionately over to something - be it work, play, or social causes. Thank god for those people.
On a mediocre route at Sedona, AZ