Many years ago I was a former competitive athlete. Let me clarify – I was VERY competitive. I would do almost anything to win, even psych out my competitors to gain an advantage. On my worst day I could be better than anyone else. I had the mental edge and no one, could take me unless I let them.
Fast forward three decades, three adult kids and nearly thirty years of marriage and here I am in my fifties envious of those who can do push-ups and sit-ups better and faster than me.
Why am I unhappy or resentful over someone else’s achievement? Is it really jealousy or is it that I miss that ‘chip on my shoulder?’ No secrets here, it’s a little of both for me but mostly the latter.
So what do you do to ‘deal with it?’
I’ve been getting up at 4:15AM for the past 9 months to get to a 5AM bootcamp based class 25 miles from my house. Standing next to people more fit than me, I push myself. I try hard search for ‘that chip.’ Whether it’s 100 push-ups or sit-ups or the dreadful burpees, I push.
For every setback I’ve had multiple achievements. I dropped some weight, 2 shirt sizes and last week bench pressed more than I did when I was 21.
Are you envious of me? I hope not.
But on the odd chance you are, let this message motivate you to ‘deal with it,’ and go ‘get some’ for yourself!
I’m a movie buff and love quoting some of my favorite scenes. Here’s one paraphrased – “Life is not about how much you get. It’s about how much you can take and then keep on moving forward!”