Why “The Stamina”?

Since my blog became live in January 2015, I’ve received questions from friends and family regarding the name of my blog. “Sarah,” they say, “we get the un(tam)ed conversations part of your blog, but what the heck is up with The Stamina?” (Paraphrasing, of course).

So here it is: the blog post that will answer all of the question you’ve ever had about the mysteries of the world and why my blog name is The Stamina (focusing 99.9% on the last point).

First of all, let’s look at the definition of staminaDictionary.com describes it as:

noun:

strength of physical constitution; the power to endure disease, fatigue, privation, etc.

So what does stamina mean to me and why is it my blog name? Read on and find out!

1. It combines a piece of my past with my present

As if my name wasn’t short enough, growing up in high school, I was given several nicknames: Tammy, Tammy Wammy, Tam Tam, SarahTam (which was really just my full name), and Stam. After sitting around for a few hours, I decided to use my nickname Stam as the name my blog: http://www.stamina.wordpress.com. Unfortunately, that was taken.

So I stuck “The” in front of it. And the rest is history.

2. It reflects who I am as a person 

Similar to what I wanted to accomplish for my blog title, un(tam)ed conversation, I wanted to personalize my blog URL to reflect myself as a creative, international development student – who is a sucker for word play. I strongly believe that 1 pun a day keeps the corny jokes away.

3. It explains my understanding of International Development 

Quoting my very first blog post,  3 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Enrolled Into International Development, “[this blog] is my attempt to remain inspired by everything that’s around me, but at the same time, to be conscious enough to see past to coordinates of our system”. International development is a field that I am passionate about and one that I am committed to seeing through for a large portion of my life.

One thing that I’m learning more and more is that the content is dense, the stories are heavy, and the history goes deep. The reality that I’m facing is that this field is intellectually, physically, and emotionally complex. However, when I need inspiration, I look up to my peers and professors who have dedicated much of their time already in this field – it’s no surprise that they’re my role models. As I continue to engage with them, I notice that the common denominator among them all is their stamina. They all have stamina. In whatever trials and tribulations they’ve faced, they overcame it, persevered, and pushed on. They all have stamina and in my opinion, it is the most respectable trait that someone can possess.

4. It serves as a reminder to myself 

Following the footsteps of my role models, I aspire to have stamina: to have the same power to endure fatigue, disease, and privation in this field we call International Development. In 11 weeks, my cohort and I will be leaving for our 8 month placement to Sri Lanka, Malawi, Peru, Botswana, and Vietnam. I’m expecting for all of our physical, emotional, and intellectual capabilities to be stretched, bruised, and even a little broken. But to my friends in the program, and anyone else who is pursuing their dreams, I wish you this:

To have the strength to endure whatever comes your way. To have the stamina to see it through.

With love,

Stam

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