Thursday, November 28, 2013

PSA: Just do it


NOTE TO SELF (for gloomy days where everything feels especially arduous):

Yesterday was decidedly, stubbornly a dull, monochromatic, life-sucking grey. And since I’m a creature of the Sun, grey days and I? We’re not buds. Hell, we’re not even frenemies. On days like that, especially when it’s wintry outside, the cold feels chillier, the lifeless, barren trees more ominous, and running seems a lot harder.

On days like that, I don’t even want to leave the house, let alone purposefully get outside just to run. I waited for the sun to appear all morning, but by 3:30, when the light was threatening to disappear altogether, I forced myself into my big-girl pants (and ColdGear shirt, softshell thermal jacket, headband, hat, windproof gloves, socks, and shoes – yes, it’s a frickin’ ordeal) and forced myself again to get outside in freezing temperatures.

After a few minutes, however, it didn’t feel so bad. I tricked myself into going out there by saying that I would only do a slow three miles, just to get it done, and then reward myself with hot tea and a hot shower. But by mile 3, my body was already used to the elements, and honestly, it really wasn’t that bad. So I completed the hour of running that I had initially planned for the day, and man, did it feel good at the end! The hot shower felt especially blissful and sweet.

Moral of the story? The dreading is often a lot worse than the doing itself. Once you’re in the middle of it, you just might surprise yourself and realize it’s not as bad as you’d envisioned. And the accomplishment is always far more rewarding, knowing you didn’t want to in the first place but did it anyway. (As Dora says, “You did it, you did it, you did it, Hooray!” Hey, I’m a mom to preschoolers, what did you expect? Nietzsche?)

I know this isn’t news to you, but it has to be said: Sometimes, actually, most of the time, it’s all in your head. So go ahead, whatever it is that you’re dreading? Just do it. I’m pretty sure you’ll be glad you did.


“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.

p.s. This Just-Do-It PSA is intended for those with good intentions only. If you have evil intentions, please ignore this post. In fact, I urge you, don’t do it. Don’t kill, steal, lie, cheat, rob, light things on fire, talk with your mouth full. Got it? OK, good.

p.p.s. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Remember, if you want to work off that turkey (or its vegetarian equivalent and stuffing and sweet potatoes and cornbread and green beans and pie) the next day – say it with me - just do it.