It’s been a while…….but it’s time to vent.
I was a little down about a recent workout because I had to take weight off the bar in the middle of the action. That’s always a huge downer. It was weight I should have been able to do but for whatever reason, it wasn’t happening that day. It was an off day and we all have them right? But I still let it bother me, even after class was over.
Fast forward an hour or two later when I brought my boys to a playground. There was a family there and one of their 4 kids was in a wheelchair. I don’t know the background of his injury or condition or anything, but he couldn’t have been more than 12 or 13 years old. I immediately noticed that he was having a great time with his family, following his younger siblings around and laughing and having a great time.
And here I was lamenting a workout because I had to take weight off the bar. A lot of feelings came crashing down on me. I felt like such a baby. And I immediately felt like an ungrateful spoiled little punk and more than anything, like a f*cking a$$hole. And do you want to know why? It’s because I still got in a great workout that day! And I didn’t appreciate it. All I could do was focus on the negative instead of the fact that I had a fun time in class with some kick ass people, sweat my ass off, and felt amazing when I finished the workout (like always). I glossed over ALL of that and decided to whine about something instead. What a dick!
And here was this boy, and I bet he would have given anything to be able to run and climb and swing on the playground with his family. But he wasn’t focused on that. He was focused on the moment and being there with his family and laughing and joking around.
My point is this; we are all doing these workouts somehow, some way. Some scaled. Some RX. Sometimes you have a good day. Sometimes you don’t. But you are HERE and able to do some pretty amazing things with your body. Are we all Rich Froning? Heck no! But who cares? What’s that line I always see? “Nobody cares. Train harder.” EXACTLY. Just keep going. Nobody cares if you take weight off the bar. Nobody cares if you can’t do a muscle-up. Keep working! We are all lucky to be physically able to do ANY workout. Embrace it and get after it, and appreciate all that you can do. Don’t lose sight of that.
I’ll see you at the gym.