Why do I lift them?
What makes lifting weights so important?
I go to the gym…
I approach the bar, load the bumpers and just before I get under to lift the weight, I feel something. I feel a tickle in my stomach, I feel my hands getting sweaty and my heart beating faster.
I feel all my expectations, getting in line in my mind, waiting for me to move ahead, grasp the chance and overcome my fears… or waiting for me to break down, to give in and quit.
I feel my fears battling with my hopes… a war so fierce and merciless.
I feel my will vanishing, in front of the tempting desire to stay safe and sound in my comfort zone!
Yet, there is a moment that I block every single thought, every single fear, doubt, dream, expectation, desire…
A moment when I just go ahead and do it!
There is a moment when I get under the bar, I unrack the weight and feel the burden on my shoulders.
Then, the battle is fiercer than ever! I am trying to focus, giving my best to keep the faith in myself.
I take a deep breath, and I decide that this is it- the moment I decide to go ahead and try, or to give up and risk disappointment.
It is a moment of truth. A moment when the bar is weighing on my shoulders like a burden… a moment when the bar is weighing on my shoulders, just the way my problems, my fears and doubts, are weighing on my life.
A moment when I get to choose, either I pick up the hopes, or give in to fears…
…either I pick up my confidence, or give in to doubts.
A moment when I take all the weights upon myself.
Then I breathe! I take a deep breath, taking in all the sadness and all the happiness; each disappointment and each triumph, my despair and my hope!
It is just me and my weight… me and my burden, me and my life!
I descend and whether I let the weights get control of me, crush me and make me wiggle like a warm, or whether I rise back up, content, satisfied and free is up to me! It is up to my strength- the strength to endure, the strength to fight, the strength to be!
And the weights… that is my life.
A short moment, when I get to experience my whole life.
Just a set of heavy squats, that resembles a lifetime of hard decisions, difficult moments, unbearable pain and unconquerable hope.
Just a set of heavy squats, that reveals the secret of life…
Just a set of heavy squats that makes life simple, understandable and endurable!
Are you ready to descend and then rise back up?
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