You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave,
find your eternity in each moment.
Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land.
There is no other land; there is no other life but this.
~Henry David Thoreau
Writing is almost as difficult as self-programming. With writing you sit and watch the cursor flicker, when programming you might shuffle your feet and watch the seconds tick ever upward.
Both situations are handled with swiftness of & commitment to action. We can spend a lot of unproductive time thinking, or we can strap it down and get to work.
Without a plan, without an outline, our methods may seem haphazard or shoddy, but in even the shakiest processes we’ve accomplished something.
Focus will come once we embark on clarity. We’re standing in a pile of Iron just as we’re swimming in a pile of words. There is no such thing as writer’s block, just as there is no reason to miss a chance at an even rudimentary workout.
Reach down and grab a Kettlebell, start swinging. One hand, two hands, it doesn’t matter at this point. How far are you willing to go with this? 10 reps, 25 reps, maybe even a bold exploration of 100 reps? No one is judging you. This is your life, this is your time. Run with it, Swing it, use it to initiate & engage a muscle group or two. Just like that we’ve passed from the paralysis of thought into the satisfaction of action.
Which muscles did you work? Better yet, before we get all anatomical & science-y, where did you feel it? Hips, hams & abs? Okay, now we’re on to something. We have the genesis of a plan. Maybe not exactly how the World was created, but for our purposes, certainly the next best thing.
Put the Kettlebell down. Maybe we have a motion of a notion to return for further sets, maybe many & several more. Again, this is up to you. No one is watching, and even if they have been, they’ve already concluded your cacophonial craziness. If the status quo smells too much like sanity, a little insanity is certainly a good & necessary remedy. Roll with it, away from the herd, away from safety in numbers, away from the loungingly lost & lethargic lifestyles. Pick up another divine device of muscle development & keep working.
Our Swings opened us up and lubed one section of our chains. All we need is one lift from the ground, piled high with Hang Cleans, or maybe even Hang Clean to Overhead. Jerk, Press . . . only you know where more work & progress are desired. Just set the bar down before engaging in Push-ups. Tomorrow you will thank current you.
What does our workout look like on paper?
3 Sets of:
~25 Kettlebell Swings
~20 Hang Cleans
That reads like reason enough to feel good about our daily toil. Maybe the reps are too high, maybe the sets are too few. What if we shuffle?
5 Sets of:
~10 Kettlebell Swings
~10 Hang Cleans
Or, maybe we feel like aiming for the stars with a single set of 50/50/50 . . . Maybe we’re curious if we can just finesse our bodies through a single unbroken set of 100 Swings . . . Maybe we strive to match reps with numerical age in continuous Hang Cleans . . . The possibilities offered us today are endless, our potential is limitless.
Developing & situating our muscles is more art than science. Every day we have the ability to write, re-write & edit our story. Staring at the blinking cursor gives us headaches, gazing mindlessly & unpresent at the clock gives us anxiety. Action opens the door & widens the path to satisfaction.
Live the story you want to write, and write the story you want to live. All bases are covered. Lift, sweat & be merry.