Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Be Shitty at Something

     A couple of years ago I was quite a bit overweight, and pretty far from the athletic kid that I grew up as.  I decided it was time for a change and set about becoming the person I saw myself as in my mind.  I obviously wasn’t going to be able to jump right back in to playing basketball and working out for 3 hours a day as I had when I was young.  I’d like to tell you the only reason I couldn’t do that was finding the 3 hours in my busy day, but if I even tried mimicking my old workouts, I would have been in traction for a good 4 to 5 months or worse…  It was time to start “running”  I put that in quotes because my idea of running at the time was to go after dark so as to avoid too many people seeing me.  I started off by being extremely embarrassed that I could make it a city block jogging before having to walk for a while.  I was shitty at running.  I kept with it though, extending the distance each day or week that I could make it without walking, and eventually got myself where I could do a 5k with the kids.   Soon after that I completed my first half marathon in 2:14(pictured), then my second in 2:06.
The part that I want to focus on here is being shitty at something, and why it’s the best thing you can force yourself to do in life.  If you’re shitty at something, you’re doing it.  You’re putting yourself outside your comfort zone.  You are growing.  You’re building character(call back!!)  These are all keys to a life well lived.  Allow yourself to be bad at something for a while, it’s not going to be like that forever.  Enjoy the struggle, or at least accept it.  When you take the long view with these things, it makes getting through the initial frustrations that much easier, you’re gaining experience, you’re gaining knowledge.
     I guess what I want to leave you with after reading this is enthusiasm to pick up that guitar, or to start learning that new language.  Present you might be shitty at something, but future you is going to be pretty damn good at it.

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