This might be a bit of a stretch, no I am not talking about mobility although I should be because I am as bendy as an 8x8 wooden post, but I am talking about the moves we make in life that scare the shit out of us and leave us wondering ‘why the heck am I doing this?’ To try and make a connection to the world of fitness I will do what I can to convey it by comparing the situation I currently find myself in to a risk you have most likely taken.
I am sure many of you “crossfitters” remember your first ever classes. You would see the workout included push-ups, air squats, a run, something with a PVC pipe and then comes the realization that jump roping is somehow the most painful activity on Earth. We all probably did some form of fitness before and would do those movements all the time so when those came up on the board I am sure you thought, ‘well I can do this at the local gym and spend $100+ less a month’. Little did we know that all along our push-ups were garbage, the squats were shredding our knees, and we were not as fit as our significant other said we were. This opened our eyes to a whole new world of possibilities but also showed us how much work we have to do in order to reach the goals that we all hope to one day attain.
What does that have to do with my life? Well, I recently took the plunge to move out to the cockiest area of the country, Boston, MA. That would be an insult but honestly, Bostonians don’t care and they know they are that way. Realization is the first step to recovery but they will never recover from this. Anyway, my goal in making this move is to try something new in life to hopefully become not only more skillful and efficient business wise but also a better person overall. New experiences help us learn and find out something we never knew about ourselves. The problem with that is that there is always a risk in creating the new experience and it is up to us if that risk is worth taking. Timing, resources, and opportunities are all factors when deciding if the risk has the chance to be work and of course not all of us have those qualities available to us at the right moment. It takes a perfect storm.
If you have not noticed the parallels between those first few classes and a risk like the one I have recently taken, here is the broken-down version.
Much like those first classes you never realized the experiences or benefits that you would one day have but it was worth the risk to try. You were curious. I have always thought about moving to the east coast and when my resources aligned, I decided to try. I am curious. Am I scared to fail? Yup. Even terrified? Of course. But out of all the feelings I could have I think those are the best ones to have because it shows how bad that I do want to succeed not only for myself but for my friends, family, and the people I will be fortunate enough to meet along the way. And the reason you got on the fitness locomotive in the first place? Most likely you wanted to make a difference for yourself and the people you are surrounded by that make you happy.
I am lucky to have the most amazing support system and they have taught me the value of community and that the little things in life do matter. That has bled over into VRX which is to create not only trips but a community of people that help and support each other. No matter what happens in the future, that right there is a success to us!
I have no idea what is in store for me or what I will learn in the coming weeks/months/years and even if at this very moment I do not feel 100% comfortable, I know someday I will. With all of the hectic things happening right now, I have come to appreciate ‘The Man in the Arena’ speech given by Teddy Roosevelt in 1910. The gist of it says that the people who put in effort will make mistakes and fail or they will triumph and have success but either way at least they did not stand by being content.
That will get you jacked up eh?!?!
Ok. I’m done for now. Stay Curious!
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