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Reversing the Titanic

Friday, December 18, 2015

"Life's not like a Smart Car where you can just jack the thing into reverse and veer onto a pedestrian-strewn sidewalk whenever you please. There are a thousand tons of emotional and psychological cargo being hauled across the vast oceans of your unconscious." ~~ Mark Manson

I love Mark Manson. He's seriously my hero. Everything he writes is profound to me and always hits home or mirrors something I've been thinking about for some time. He has a talent for understanding humans and their motivations. His latest blog addresses why it's so hard to make changes. Essentially he said making a shift in our lives is like reversing the takes a long dang time, a lot of effort and you may hit some icebergs along the way.

Following is a link to the blog: (Fair warning he's been known to use a swear word or ten in his blogs)

So many times I see on the chat or hear people putting themselves down or frustrated because they had a bad day of eating or haven't worked out as much as they planned. Some people even give up because they think "Oh, I can't do this. I'm not meant to be skinny or athletic."

I've been there so many times and am still there some days. Tuesday's Zumba class was So. Damn. Hard! I could hardly keep up. I left there feeling defeated and like maybe I was stupid to even be trying to do that class. Like maybe it was way beyond my abilities. Then I started thinking how I'm not an athlete and really too fat to be doing any exercise other than the treadmill and walking.

I had to stop myself and remember everyone struggles physically with exercise. EVERYONE. It's not easy for anyone. The difference is that some people don't take their "failures" to heart. They see themselves as athletes and are motivated to push more when something is hard, not quit. I'm slowly shifting to that perspective but like the Titanic, it's slow going.
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  • CHRISTI960
    I feel the same way at times. I also need to check out Mark Manson.
    1042 days ago
    Literally almost brought me to tears. I've been here for the last week. I just feel so defeated. I ate a pizza. Not, I ate pizza. I ate A pizza. Like, in its entirety. Because, F it, I can't do this. Today has been better. Now, I feel even better. I can do this. It's like reversing the titanic.......... but better, because we wont sink. lol
    1220 days ago
    Well said, I think I might need to check out mark.
    1223 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    I'll read that blog when I have a few, it sounds intriguing.

    I have days like that at zumba too - but then I remember that even though I'm really bad at it (think dying fish look-alike) I've been going consistently for almost a year, I'm sad when I have to miss or she has to cancel (like tonight), and I can make it through the whole thing without literally dying. I figure that's a win. It's a win for you too. You don't have to be an "athlete" to exercise, you just have to get out there and do it.
    1223 days ago
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