“As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed.”
~Vincent Van Gogh~
This morning was a very distracted and somewhat uncomfortable attempt at what I am calling a run. The last couple of weeks have been a juggling act, but I felt like I was getting back in the swing of things. The quote “Some Days you’re the bug, some days you’re the windshield” came to mind this morning with yours truly playing the part of the bug. The original plan was to run the Wyco 10+ mile loop but to say I was not feeling it today is a gross understatement so I elected to run from home. Still not feeling it and having no idea how far or even where I was going to run only fed my already too active mind. I went at any rate and did 6 and a quarter miles. This was not one of those peaceful and stress releasing runs and my upper quads were really tight and uncomfortable. I realized that when I used to see runners and think “wow, they really look uncomfortable or in pain” sometimes it was physical pain they were working through and sometimes it is mental pain they are working through and discarding along the way. With the help of some friends I made this list of ten reasons to workout.
Ten Reasons to workout
1. Working out tells your brain that your body matters.
2. No one can do it for me.
3. To become a better person and meet more positive people.
4. Because your body is the vehicle that takes you through life.
5. Because I am worth it.
6. It makes your soul glow.
7. To release tension and stress.
8. To strengthen your body against illness and disease.
9. To learn your limitations and how to get past them.
10. It is a good way to build or reinforce your self respect.
This particular list was intended towards reasons to workout, but I tend to think it eventually leads us to look deeper at our inner self. Eventually building new habits makes us think about what we are passionate about and what it is that motivates us; what gets us out of bed in the morning. Everyone has different challenges ranging from starting a new exercise routine, hectic work schedule and every day life to more serious challenges, such as bouts of depression. The new habit requires a determined attitude and a commitment to your goals. Getting your workout clothes and anything you need ready the night before and setting your alarm (without a snooze option). The distractions of life and work require a little creativity and some more determination. Sometimes you may have to be flexible and split up your workouts to fit them in. Depression on the other hand is a serious and very real condition. It is not a sign of weakness or something to be embarrassed about or hidden away. If you know someone who is suffering form depression or are suffering yourself it is not something to be taken lightly. The black dog can be waiting for us after a big life event, suffering a loss or a major life change or he may just hang around in the shadows. Be supportive and patient with yourself and those around you while we work through the challenges and find out what it takes to get moving and closer to our destiny.
Next time a bug splats on your windshield you can think about those days and say; sorry dude, I have been there too!