Wednesday, May 12, 2010
On Finishing a Workout
"Yes, there are occasions when I feel as though I can run forever, or a yoga practice that just seems to come to me, but those are relatively rare. Intellectually, I may know that I'll almost always complete either activity, but emotionally, there is almost always some element of doubt, of the need to prove it to myself. And there is always another mile or a faster mile, or a new posture or a better posture."
From The vegan monologues: collected essays by Ben A. Shaberman (Baltimore, MD : Apprentice House, 2009).
This is so much how I feel. When I lace up my shoes or get ready for another type of workout, I'm pretty sure I'll be able to accomplish what I'm setting out to do, but there is always the memory of painful, incomplete efforts. How lucky I am to be able to get out there and try, rather than be living a subsistence existence, wondering if I'll survive the day as opposed to survive a workout. How do you overcome your doubts?
For more on Ben, visit http://benshaberman.com/.