So…I was drunk when I wrote my last post
And I was actually surprised how eloquent it came out…despite the few typos. You’d never have realized I was 2 margaritas and 3 beers deep. Maybe you would’ve have if you know that I tend to rant when I drunk. But, you don’t know me that well!
I think something I missed in my last post was that I equate physical strength and endurance with mental strength. I think they’re very tied together. Like, someone who’s weak (i.e., has no muscle), flabby, no stamina…is also someone who would have a harder time carrying on through crisis. I think part of the reason I believe this is because I think by nature, most people don’t actually like working out…ya know, unless you’re lucky enough to be able to exercise by doing something really fun like playing basketball or ice skating…but most people at my age, work out at the gym.
And going to the gym as a 27 year old is tiring. It takes motivation. It takes forcing yourself to go when you have other things you want to do. It takes forcing yourself to go when you often haven’t had enough sleep. It’s just easier not to go than to go…and we all need a little extra easy in your life.
And then, when you get to the gym…to make progress, you need to push yourself, your body, to do something harder than what it’s accustomed to. Whether it’s lifting heavier weights, doing one more rep than yesterday, running for another 5 minutes, pushing yourself to run faster…whatever it maybe, you’re pushing your body to do something it isn’t used to and doesn’t really want to do.
So I think all of that builds mental character and mental stamina. I think it doesn’t just make you physically stronger, but it turns you into a stronger person. After this past year, and I literally mean starting in January, I’ve noticed that that’s an area where I need to improve. It’s too easy for me to “freak out” or have a breakdown. I don’t want to be so easily breakable. And I think the can-do attitude that I’m trying to apply to exercising is one that I can also apply to life. And in the long run, it will make me strong.