Every once in awhile I like to use my weekly blog post as an opportunity to share a personal story. Now, let me preface this by saying that my life isn't particularly unique or special, so what I write probably isn't groundbreaking. I try to live each day the best I can. As a coach I get to help others improve their level of fitness by teaching them how to move better and work harder - I figure if I open up once in awhile it may help someone have a better day outside of the gym, too.
Begin personal anecdote:
Right before the new year I moved out. Some of you may be rolling your eyes thinking, "big deal, a guy in his mid-twenties moves out... tl;dr..." Well, I didn't go to college in the traditional sense so being out on my own is a new experience and it seemed like a fitting way to begin 2014. The first week or so felt pretty strange, I was alone with my thoughts and for the first time in quite awhile I was able to hear them clearly. What they said lent valuable perspective to who I am at present and who I hope to become in the future.
During my ruminations two things stood out: responsibility and maintaining relationships. The first one is obvious - food doesn't magically appear in the fridge and the utilities aren't free, budget accordingly or be hungry and cold. Don't screw it up. The second is one is something that I really took for granted. Once I was out on my own it became apparent just how hard my mom worked to support my brother and me as a single parent. I've reached out to her (and my friends) countless times over the past month asking for advice about this or that. That being said, I now have a greater appreciation for my family and friends because they are the ones who find joy in laughing with you, give you direction when you are lost and offer a hand when you need one.
Let's bring this full circle and try to make sense of why I'm writing this. 2014 has just begun and already a month has fallen off the calendar. My goal for the coming months is to "wake up" and ingrain a pattern of awareness for the two things I mentioned above until it becomes a habit. I believe that if we don't grab the reins and take control life will live us rather than the other way around. Who's with me?
Mike representing 818 abroad in the Philippines!
Every 3 minutes for 15 minutes:
5 back squats, heavy
*use the same weight across
25 wall ball (20/14)
20 wall ball
15 wall ball
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