“I am very happy because I have conquered myself and not the world. I am very happy because I have loved the world and not myself.”
– Sri Chinmoy
I believe that some men need struggle. We need something to fight against. Perhaps the reason that the state of mental health of males in their early forties is so terrifying because that is the point that they begin to feel truly strapped down, imprisoned even. They feel like there is no new fight left to fight, no foe left to conquer but the overwhelming demands of bills, family, and all the obligations they’ve accumulated over the years. There is no wildness, no adventure left to take except for the long grind until retirement and old age.
There is an adversary that will always be there, always ready and willing to let you struggle against it. It’s yourself.
You can always be better, and pushing yourself to be better – a better dad, a better man, a better husband, a better athlete. That may be the ticket to a fulfilling life instead of the endless search for new toys, more money, and better TV shows.
I’ve been going strong with this thing for a week now, and I really feel like I’m getting myself together. Good things are happening. The man I’ve always been – the quitter, the slacker, the excuse-maker, is still there, but he is not winning today, and he didn’t win yesterday. Whatever weights come up in the weight room and whatever mile splits on the trail get logged, I’m still there grinding away and enjoying the process, and that is progress. That means I’m winning.
Workout of The Day: 12/8/17
Waist: 37 ¾
So, so, so ready to get back to going heavy here, but I respect the process and I’m feeling fast and strong.
Supersetted w/ 6 x 35# Hammer curls
135 x 5, 185 x 5
3 x 5 x 225
Supersetted w/ 15 single leg CR
135 x 5
3 x 5 x 170
Supersetted w/ Max Chins –
225 x 5
1 x 5 x 275
1.8 mi at that all-day-shufflin’ pace. Roughly in the 13:30-14:30 range. Slow, but feels great. Practicing it before I do literally that.
Thinking that if I’m relatively successful with this 24 hour run that I may do one later on in the year solo and ask for sponsors per mile – maybe donate the proceeds to the Carson J. Spencer Foundation or some other male mental health charity.