Reverb 10 for December 20 – BEYOND AVOIDANCE

December 20 – Beyond avoidance. What should you have done this year but didn’t because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?)

It may seem silly, but I have a very complicated relationship with physical fitness.

I SHOULD HAVE just made a routine of going to the gym this year just like I make a routine of taking my inhaler every morning or brushing my teeth. Instead, I allowed the fear of failure to dissuade me from making physical fitness a healthy part of each and every day.

What if I didn’t get the results I wanted? It’s too hard. People will stare at me. Only skinny people go to the gym. I don’t have time today. I’ll go first thing tomorrow morning. 45 minutes might kill me. Oh, the ridiculous things I have told myself!

Well, it’s almost 2011 and it doesn’t appear that I am getting any younger (or healthier for that matter) so it looks as if I’ve got to dispense with the BS, doesn’t it? At this moment, it sure is easy to say “of course I will do this”, but you might need to check in with me in 3 or so months to see if I’m still feeling as chipper about not avoiding the gym as I do now.


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