We were out of school one day this week.
Naturally, I arrived at the gym at 6:30am.
A friend greeted me: “You’re off today. Shouldn’t you be sleeping in?”
Maybe. And many people would be snuggled up on a frigid January morning (and were!) But, for someone like me, a day off of work is a chance to start my day at the gym. Although I was #team530am for nearly a year, my current schedule of work / life responsibilities doesn’t allow for crack-of-dawn workouts very often. I miss that morning jolt of energy! There’s nothing like conquering a workout before the sun comes up. The time will come again. Life just has its seasons. #team430pm will have to do for now, as often as I can get there.
So, while others were relishing a few extra minutes of sleep, I was working on my burpee box jump overs, thrusters, and assault bike. Might not sound like fun to some, but it carried me on a wave of confidence and accomplishment for the rest of the day. Yes, it was challenging. Yes, it asked a lot of me. But, as the corner of one of the signs in our box says, surround yourself with those on the same mission as you. Getting to the box does just that, for one part of my life’s mission: to be healthy, strong, confident. All the friends who scraped themselves out of bed to workout are on their own version of that mission with me. This is also why online communities like the Stronger U group and many others are so helpful.
What mission are you on? Do you surround yourself with others who are on that journey, to encourage each other and show up even when it is hard?