Why I Try

I have joined a bookclub…yeah, you heard that right….I have joined a bookclub.  Some of the communicators in my group at work decided to form a bookclub, reading various books that will help us become better communicators.  While I love to read, I don’t have time in the day to do it.  But I’m making the effort to expand my horizons here.

The first book we’re reading is “Everybody Writes.” While I haven’t gotten very far, the first point made is that to write better, you must write often…as in daily.  So I figured this is as good a place as any.

Last night I did something I never thought I’d ever do.  I entered the CrossFit Games Open.  This is the first step towards the CrossFit Games, open to anyone and everyone who is willing to try.  It is 5 weeks long….they announce the workout of the week on Thursday and you have until Monday to complete the workout and upload your scores  Then you can see how you compare against people doing the same workout across the globe. Even better, you can compare your progress to where you were a year ago.

I completed the first workout last night, which consisted of 10 20# dumbbell snatches, 15 burpee box jump overs, 20 snatches, 15 burpee box jump overs, 30 snatches, 15 burpee box jump overs, 40 snatches, 15 burpee box jump overs, 50 snatches and finally 15 burpee box jump overs. And I did it under the 20 minute time cap allowed.

To say it was difficult is an understatement.  The last 2 minutes were brutal trying to finish the last 15 burpee box jump overs. But my coach kept pushing me, telling me I could do it. To say I’m proud of my accomplishment is also an understatement.  To attempt this kind of thing at my age is a feat in and of itself.  I watched people less then half my age not finish the workout.

This morning I got up and mowed the yard – yes, I realize it’s still February, but hey, it’s Texas.  As I was mowing our little ranchette, I started to think about what my kiddos think about this.  I wonder if they wonder why I do CrossFit, why I learned to ride a motorcycle, why I’m mowing the yard when I could just wait and let one of them do it tomorrow.

I do these things first to continue to improve myself.  To show them that you can learn new things, try new things, at any age.  In fact, when you stop trying new things and learning new things, you grow old and stagnant.  I want them to try new things, even if it scares them.  Ok, maybe I should preface that by saying I want them to try new LEGAL things.  Don’t go trying drugs and say that “mom said I should try new things, even if it scares me.” I’ll rip you a new one.

When I do the yard, I do these things to show them that they can do the hard work. They don’t have to hire someone to do a job they are thoroughly capable of.  I want my daughter to know that she is capable of mowing the yard – that she doesn’t need a man to do it, that she can do this just as much as the next person.  I do it to show my boys that should they get married, they need to marry someone that is willing to pitch in and help.  Don’t marry someone that isn’t willing to do their fair share and more; someone that just wants to go take a nap. Today I’m pitching in because Scott is sick, Austin is at a track meet and Ben and D are getting ready for Night of Percussion.  With rain coming tomorrow, I wanted to make sure it got done.

And truth be told, I like to do yard work.

I want my kids to look back be be proud of their mom.  I want them to learn from me that you never quit, that you keep trying, keep learning, keep fighting for what you want.  And I don’t do this by lecturing.  I do this by being a good example.  Am I perfect?  Heck no. But I try to give my best effort, because I know, deep down, they are watching and learning from me daily.  So I’d better be on my A game.