It’s getting close to that time of the year again. The time when people who have been sitting on their butts for 20 years decide that on January 1st they are going to become Olympic marathoners. The time when people find a pair of pants in their closet from when they were 12 years old and decide to try to fit back into them. The time when people go buy a fitness magazine and decide to look like the cover model within 2 months. The time when people spend billions of dollars on exercise equipment and gym memberships with a vow to use them every day. The time when people set the most unrealistic goals for themselves…….and fail.
A few weeks later, Goodwill and Salvation Army will have a surplus of Prancersize Videos, Ab Destroyer machines, and Glute Spreaders. And the credit card companies will be rejoicing.
Here’s a suggestion. On January 1st, resolve to just Do What You Can. Something. Anything. I don’t care what it is. If you have done nothing but sit on your couch for the previous 16,982 days of your life and you walk around the block once, then that is a victory. It doesn’t have to be some grandiose challenge or workout from hell. Taking one step more than you did before is success.
Because frankly, not every one has the time, money or will power to achieve some unrealistic fitness goal in an even more unattainable time schedule. And that is perfectly fine. Just Do What You Can. No one on this planet
will should say one thing negative to you about it. You may actually be surprised by the number of people who have been waiting to cheer for you and support you.
Fortunately, I have never had a shortage of “supporters”. My circle of friends are the most obnoxious over achievers you could ever have the misfortune of getting hooked up with. And I do mean misfortune. Once you get sucked into their vortex of “anything is possible”, then you are doomed to a lifetime of insane adventures. Because they take Do What You Can to another level. Too many to count Ironman Triathlons, Ultramarathon Runs, Ultramarathon Swims (34 miles……for real), Spartan Pros……..you name it and one of my friends has done it.
But they all started with a step….a stroke…..a pedal. Do What You Can.
Most of these friends have the same philosophy when it comes to charities. You don’t have to be a billionaire and donate $45 million to 100 non-existent Facebook users. You don’t have to quit your job and donate every waking moment to whatever volunteer organization you can find. It’s really simple. Do What You Can. (I sound like a broken record.)
Go volunteer an hour of your time at a local organization or charity. Next time you see a 5K being put on, ask to help at an aid station or as a course pointer or cheerleader. Set aside a few bucks a week and a couple of times a year send a donation to some cause that pulls at your heart. In the world of charitable organizations, the phrase “every little bit helps” is true!
So as we wind down the last few days of 2015, I’ll offer once again this simple resolution:
DO WHAT YOU CAN