“I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. It made me feel alive.” – Walter White
Now, I’m aware the above quote was said in regards to cooking methamphetamine on the television series, Breaking Bad. However the words stated above are how I feel about crossfit. If you were to ask me why I do crossfit I would say, “I do it for me, I like it, I am good at it (I say this loosely) and it makes me feel alive.”
How many of our days consist of the same routine over and over again; work, eat, sleep, repeat. The days we live are consumed with sameness; they become repetitive and monotonous, none of which will make us feel alive. I want to feel my heart beating in my chest, the blood rushing through my veins and hear my breath as I gasp for more. I hold the opinion that human beings are meant to feel things. Feel our lives change, feel ourselves grow, feel the push and pull when faced with adversity.
Crossfit makes me feel alive. I breathe in the possibilities for growth and let the stress of life be drawn off my soul every time I do a workout. I use this word, uplift, quite often when I speak about crossfit but crossfit uplifts me. Even when a workout leaves me battered and bruised or laying in the fetal position, I feel uplifted. Each workout has a challenging component, but when faced with one that truly scares us we have the option to run or stay and fight. I encourage you to always stay and fight and think, “boy am I going to feel alive today!”
Part of the reason I love crossfit is because I do it for me. I am becoming better at crossfit for me. I am committed to crossfit for me. In my past I used to follow around people who had their own hopes and desires, some even taking them to a professional level. I remember thinking I wish I could love something that much and be apart of something that crawls inside of you and becomes part of you. It’s good for your soul to be apart of something, something bigger than you, something to work for, something to earn rather than just money. For me that something is crossfit. Crossfit is bigger than me, I work for it and I’ve earned every one of those personal records. I built my love of crossfit for me. If I were to quit crossfit tomorrow I can, at the very least, smile at the fact that one time in my life I created something that was all mine and no one else’s. I urge you to do the same. Create, love, get your hands dirty and be apart of something that’s all for you. Be apart of Crossfit Above All.
“Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim.”
– Tyler Knott Gregson.