Happy Mother’s Day!
So now, on playgrounds all over, kids are saying "Oh yeah? Well my Mom can deadlift more than yours!"
For anyone who has ever done any endurance sports, you know the kind of thoughts that creep into your mind after an hour or so on the road. Your breathing is set, your mechanics are good and then your mind starts to wander. You manage to keep your focus, but after a while the pain and boredom cause you to begin thinking some strange but deep thoughts. It happened to me when I was on my 49th lap at the Cancer Relay recently.
I was thinking about a book I had read, One Month to Live. It is a great book that causes you to think about the things in life you have put off doing that you should do for your own sake. There was a quote about “numbering our days so that we may gain wisdom”. I began to wonder how many days I had been alive and realized I was close to the magic number of 20,000. Actually on August 20, 2009, I will be 20,000 days old (that is a heck of a lot of days!) If you want to know how many days old you are, go to http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html.
I thought for a long time about how wisely I had spent my 20,000 days. To be sure, I had wasted more than a few. Many of the days were spent doing things I had to do, like earning a living. But some were special – really special. The day I was married, the days my children were born and several others are at the top. Then there were those days that stand out for their sheer enjoyment of doing what I love to do. Riding my bicycle from Fayetteville to Carolina Beach when I was 15. Riding my bicycle across Georgia with my wife and our 10 year old son. Climbing my first big mountain, running a marathon, my first day at Crossfit Wilmington (yes, that too) are all on the list.
I came to realize that the best days were spent doing physically challenging things with people I love. Sharing the joy of accomplishment, or even just trying, made these days special and important in defining who I am. I would be hard pressed to find more than 100 of those days in my life. But when I look back, I think I was lucky to have even one of them. Every one is a jewel to be treasured.
I don’t reflect backwards very often. I just try to make today, tomorrow and the next day as good as they can be. I don’t have another 20,000 days left on this earth, but I bet I have another 10,000 to go. And, I plan to have lots more special days. Those days usually don’t just appear, you have to work to make them happen. So spend your time physically preparing for them and appreciate them when they come. They are what make your life what it is and you who you are.
-Scott Smith (Role model, friend, and CFW bada**.)
Scott and Pat at The Relay
"If only… Those must be the two saddest words in world." – Mecedes Lackey