That’s a question I ask myself a lot, it’s a question I get asked a lot, and it is something I ask the athletes I coach a lot.
Now I am not saying in life and fitness to throw all caution to the wind, but often times we stop ourselves from experiencing something great because of indifference or a lack of confidence.
There are a lot of things you HAVE to do in life, and there are a lot of things that you don’t. But if you are capable, why are you stopping yourself from the unknown?
That’s why I signed up for a Powerlifting meet.
I didn’t NEED to put on a singlet and make weight and spend part of my weekend sitting at my home away from home, Roux, but I had no valid reason not to.
The Saints weren’t on TV, my back is strong and healthy post injury, there’s beer in the fridge, I’ll be surrounded by faces I love and a lot of support… While there may not be a glaring reason WHY I need to spend a Sunday like this, I couldn’t seem to find any good reason WHY NOT.
To be honest, I think a lot of it goes back to confidence and self-doubt. Knowing it would be at my home base and I would be surrounded by friends was the push over the edge, to be honest. In the last few years I have started to think of my support system of friends and family as more of a ‘safety net’. Sure they can help hold me up, but they are also there to catch me when I royally botch something or fall. With that logic I think that, in order to grow, sometimes you need to put yourself in a position for potential failure and let those around you catch you. They’ve got you.
With my Krewe around me and in full support, I signed up, and I am jazzed I did.
For those of you who don’t know, in a powerlifting meet, you have 3 attempts to hit a max weight back squat, bench press, and deadlift. You have cues to listen for, standards on the lifts, and 3 judges. Two out of your three judges need to white light your lift for it to count. So, if you are playing along, you have realized that you spend an entire day in a singlet to move a barbell 9 times.
Seems like a lot of “hurry up and wait” for a long day, and it was. But the day ended up being a lot more about community and less about barbells than I bargained for.
You spend your time stretching, mobilizing, warming up, but mostly hanging out with a bunch of really wonderful people. And then when it’s your time to lift, all eyes are on you. Now that could be nerve-wracking, but it was the opposite. It was a total rush. When else do you have tons of people screaming your name and trying to send you all of their positive energy in the hopes that it manifests itself in you physically? It doesn’t happen often. And if that is just another Tuesday for you, then maybe I should have warned you to stop reading sooner.
I ended the meet hitting 8 out of my 9 lifts, and setting 2 personal records. My only miss came from me missing what would have been a third PR and that would have just been insane for my first meet.
In my head the day, the entire day was one giant build up to my last deadlift. And Great Odin’s Raven, it delivered. I managed to pull 303 pounds off of the floor. Which was and incredible accomplishment for me as an athlete and a woman. (Check out how awesome my Krewe is. I seriously get little hearts in my eyes everytime I watch this.)
And here’s the thing; I never would have done this if I had gotten wrapped up in ‘why’ I should do this. There really is no logical explanation for wearing that outfit, covering myself in chalk, and throwing around some weight. But by addressing the ‘why not’, and realizing there was no good reason, I got an incredible experience that I will carry with my for a lifetime. Not only that, but you bet your cute butts I want to do it next year. So now I have something to look forward and new goals that I would not have had otherwise.
Not all the good things in life make a lot of sense, most of them don’t. So challenge yourself. Don’t settle. Remember that failure is an option, but your response to failure is what matters more. And let your loved ones love you.
The year is running out. I challenge you to do something new before 2019. To pick out something you would never normally do, but don’t have an excuse not to try. You could hate it and decide to never do it again or you could find something that flips your world view upside down and makes you excited for more.
Stop getting wrapped up in ‘why’. Throw it to the wind and live a little.