Ok, yes, it’s a 3 day weekend and a reason to celebrate for all my nine to fivers out there with a measly 14 days of vacation a year. But its also a day we can really sit back and be grateful for the sacrifices others have made so that we can live our lives the way we want to now.
We often times think of working out surrounded by an attitude of punishment, dread, and hate. I hate running. I hate going to the gym and dealing with insert complaint here. Oh I HAVE to workout today.
No mother effers. You GET to workout today. Across the world, there are people just like you and me who have to fight for their lives, cross streets in fear, and pray for enough food for their families to survive. Think about them today when you are deciding whether or not to skip your workout before the afternoon’s festivities.
I have the privilege of getting to train with people who have served and currently serve in our nation’s armed forces. I respect these people for their dedication, and I see that discipline surface when they are working hard in the gym. They push themselves to become better soldiers; stronger, faster, and harder to kill. They don’t make excuses for being tired, or not wanting to complete the task at hand. They know that one tire drag across the parking lot and that one more sandbag get up may mean the difference between saving lives and casualties, between successful completion of a mission or failure, and between living life knowing you’ve done your best or a life filled with regrets.
So take some time today to thank a vet. My grandad, my uncle… men who have seen the dredges of the world so that I may choose to run or lift weights today. So you can choose a round of golf or wakeboarding. A zumba class or pilates. So many choices we have to be thankful for, so show your gratitude in your attitude.
And do some push ups in their honor.