"I promised myself that I would maintain momentum.
'Maintain momentum' was the imperative that echoed all the way downtown."
"I assumed, incorrectly, that it had something to do with movement, traveling, checking in and out of hotels, going to and from the airport."
"It also seemed clear that maintaining momentum had been at a certain cost. This cost had always been predictable but I only that night began to put it into words. One phrase that came to mind that night was 'pushing yourself.' Another was 'beyond endurance.'"
-Joan Didion, "Play it as it Lays"