Stray Dog Revolution
Makes us stronger? Does it really? All I know is that yesterday was hard. I decided I would shower in the evening since my workout is in the afternoons on Thursdays (and it's always a tough one filled with burpees, and wall sits, and walking lunges, and sprints). I was pretty tired when I got home and was already chilled because I'd been sweaty for awhile. Mentally, the only thing I wanted was a nice, hot shower to warm me to the core.
But that wasn't in the cards . So I turned on the cold water and stood there, waiting for inspiration or something. It never came, so I just started showering. And it was miserable. The worst. I was immediately shivering uncontrollably... teeth chattering, the works. At some point I felt the emotion well up in my chest and and I started to cry. But I kept going, rinsing off the soap. I skipped washing my hair because I knew I wasn't going to be able to deal with the cold headache, too.
Hubbie had warmed my towel and was waiting for me with it. Then he used the hairdryer on me to warm me up. But it took awhile to stop shivering. And while I was standing there, I just started laughing/sobbing, thinking to myself "Why the hell am I doing this? What can I possibly be learning from this except that I really, really, really don't like taking cold showers?"
And it hit me. Maybe this challenge is all about gratitude. Maybe it's about learning to appreciate the little things you have that make life easier, that make life more enjoyable. The modern conveniences that we all take for granted like hot water, refrigeration, toilets, cars, heating, air-conditioning. All these things give us a level of comfort that was denied our ancestors for much of history. And most of us (certainly those of us reading this blog) probably lead pretty comfortable lives much of the time. And I'm turning that on it's head.
By taking these challenges for the next year, I'm forcing myself out of my comfort zone. And I'm taking you along for the ride. You get to do these challenges vicariously through me. Maybe it gets you thinking about your own life and what you want to do with it. Maybe it's just simply entertaining. But maybe, just maybe, it inspires you to challenge yourself in different ways, push yourself out of your own comfort zones, and appreciate your life just a little bit more.