Do you ever daydream what it would be like to suddenly be wealthy? To have all your financial worries solved in one fell swoop. It’s a popular daydream and one I have indulged in myself from time-to-time. I imagine that winning lottery ticket and how it would change my life. But I never buy that ticket. And not just because I understand the mathematical improbabilities that make it a fool’s quest. I never buy that ticket because I also recognize everything that I would miss out on if all my financial worries were simply erased by the realization of my get-rich-instantly daydream. The day-to-day struggles solved by that ticket are the lessons I am working on learning. They are the challenges that offer me the opportunity to grow. Character is forged in the struggle.
If I had been born a gifted athlete what would I have missed out on? If my body had not been so broken and busted what might I have achieved? I certainly would not have needed to develop the grit and determination which I like to believe define me. I wouldn’t have learned patience or perseverance or developed a dogged work ethic. If strength and athleticism had come easily to me I probably wouldn’t even be doing this right now. It was their lack that made it my mission to acquire for myself the traits I admired in others. To dedicate my life to it.
You cannot value what you were born with for you’ll always take it for granted. The gift is less in the attainment and more in the pursuit of a goal. This is not to say that you won’t get tired. The pursuit can be exhausting. There’s nothing wrong with laying back in the shade of a tree on occasion and dreaming about a cheat code that will transport you instantly to your imagined finish line. It’s okay to daydream about resolving your struggles via deus ex machina. But after you’re through savouring that pleasant dream, get up and get back to work because if you’ve ever watched the end of a really bad movie or television series you’ll know exactly how unsatisfying such a resolution can be.
The gift is all in the struggle and it’s worth more than any lottery jackpot.
Monday Make Up Day
1) Back Squat
3 Rounds for time:
400 Meter Run
21 KB Swings
3) Barbell TGU 1 rep Max
4) Barbell Bearathon
Without rest complete as many rounds of the following sequence as possible:
1 Hang Power Clean
1 Front Squat
1 Push Press
1 Back Squat
Score = weight used x number of rounds completed