“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”
I like a good quote. Sometimes we’d like to say something and someone else said it better. In this case, JFK beat me to the punch.
Sometimes you pick the difficult choice because it’s the difficult choice
You pick the difficult choice because you believe it can make you better.
The best athletes want to go up against other great athletes. They know it increases the chance they’ll lose today, but they also know it’ll increase the chance they’ll win tomorrow.
So what does that have to do with what I’m talking about? A little and a lot.
To get in better shape, I try to make the tougher choices. I try to push my body and mind a little bit further so that I can be a better person for it.
Something that folks I work with don’t quite get is why I don’t park as close as I can to the office. It’s because I want to walk. I more than doubled my walk to the office for the sake of more than doubling my walk to the office. That extra time spent walking burns more calories, puts my body in a better position to be functional, and it helps me clear my head.
Eating healthy is also a tougher choice. Good, fresh food is more difficult to find than the McDonalds and Chick-fil-A’s that litter the country. And our bodies want that fatty food because it still thinks storing fat’s a good idea.
And running. Running is hard. I don’t want to run. I don’t want to jog, anyway. Sprinting can be kind of fun when you’re pushing yourself to your maximum for a moment. But jogging sucks. I jog because it’s hard. I jog because I’ll be exhausted and out of breath. I jog so that tomorrow I can be a little less winded as I take the stairs for the umpteenth time instead of the easy elevator.
But I don’t always make the right choice. I hate hills. I like to walk up hills instead of running them. I’m happy in the short term, but I’m paying in the long term.
If you know how muscles are affected by running, you know your hamstrings work more going up hills and you’re quads work more going down hills. Guess which muscles are more sore because I haven’t been running up hills, but I have been running down the hills? Yep, my quads. They’re shot. They’re shot because I made the easy choice on most occasions on my past few runs.
And so next time, I’ll make the hard choices. I’ll run up the hills. I’ll eat my vegetables. I’ll keep walking to the office. And I’ll keep taking those stupid stairs.