As I sit here and write this post the date is October 3, 2017. Today is officially the second day of the Year of Getting Healthy project, however to be totally honest that is a complete and utter lie. Today is actually the 750th day of the “year” of getting healthy project. That’s right, I registered this domain way back on September 14, 2015.
You see, I came up with this great idea over two years ago to create a website to track my efforts to get as healthy as I could in a one year period. To more or less turn my life around, at least from a health standpoint. Seeing as nothing else was holding me accountable, I figured if I created a website it would force me to be accountable. Things didn’t quite work out that way however.
I have likely posted a “day 1” type posts on this website at least a dozen times in the past two years, and even made it a solid 2-3 weeks with one run before quitting. All only to be deleted a few days, weeks or months later when I decided to start over again.
There are endless reasons I gave myself for quitting, stalling, and putting of starting again- mostly revolving around simply not having half a clue what I was doing and not wanting to look like an idiot on the Internet. I have now realized that both of these and all the other myriad of reasons I gave myself to quit and put off actually buckling down and figuring this stuff out were all just excuses and justifications I created to avoid doing something that I thought was hard.
I believe, that over the course of the last few decades humans, especially here in the west, have grown way to comfortable, to the point that we aim to avoid pain at all costs. This doesn’t just relate to exercising either. It applies to practically everything; education, work ethic, family life- you name it, when the going gets tough we, more often than not, quit. Just look at the number of overweight and out of shape people, the amount of high school, college and university dropouts, the amount of unemployed people, the amount of divorces and broken homes… we have become a society of quitters who jump ship at the first sign of pain.
There are obviously exceptions to this rule, but I do think a lot of our current cultural problems revolve around us being… whimps. If you are perfectly happy with your life and feel you have achieved all that you want to achieve then yeah- I guess you’re done and you do not need to reach anymore. Though I think this mindset should be saved for when you find yourself on your deathbed. If you are still capable of doing things, anything at all, than I think you should always be pushing yourself towards achieving something new.
You don’t have to push yourself towards something huge and inconceivable, especially if you’re just starting out, but to truly live we need to have our eyes set on goals that will push us not only to our limits to achieve, but well beyond what we thought our limits were. Each and every time we reach one of these goals we grow and realize we were capable of more than we thought we were. If you do this enough times you will completely blow your mind on what you are able to achieve, and that my friends is my definition of a good life.
With that said, I am beyond confident that this will be the last ever Day 1 (even though it really is Day 2) post that you will see on this website. I am now beyond determined to achieve my goal of completing the Year of Getting Healthy- I started at the gym yesterday, I am sticking to water and made some serious changes to my diet. Am I perfect today? Absolutely not, and I doubt that I ever will be. I can however confidently say that I am better today than I was yesterday and that is a trend which I tend to firmly follow.
I will cut my lecture there, but I will add in a video of a truly amazing man whose story aligns very closely with the message I am trying to get across with this post. What have you been putting off getting started on, and what small step can take towards that goal right now? Leave a comment about it and than go do it!