Friday, March 16, 2012

Like It, Or Lump It - Searching For Unicorns

by Kris Pitcher

You thought there would be unicorns and rainbows. You thought there would be puppies and sunshine and beaches and that your hair would be long and would flow in the breeze...

You thought you would love your exercise every single minute of every single day, every time, all the time. And I think that's noble.

But nobility gets you nowhere here. Remember in college when you thought you could change the world (fast forward if you're still in college)? And then you started a real job and paid your real bills, and realized how expensive toilet paper is, and you didn't have time to fix the world anymore.

Well, exercise isn't exactly like that, but my point is - we don't have to love it every time. There may not be unicorns either.

We just have to do it. We have to do it because it's the right thing to do. Because it gets us where we want to go. We do it because deep down it's important to us, and in the big picture we're happy when we do it.

But in each moment, I'm just saying you might not love it. And the confusing thing is people act like they love it all the time. I'm not saying they don't, I'm just saying - they make it look easy, and it's not easy.

So, you thought it was going to be easy and as a result, you'd love it. You're not loving it, because it's not easy. My point is, when things are hard we have to work for them. They push us out of our comfort zone (where the rainbows and puppies are) where we have to grit our teeth and get it done.

There is no comfort zone here. Like it, or lump it it's hard work. It doesn't come easy for those of us who really do love it either. And we push hard to find the unicorns. I think the difference is - we love the search.

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