The athlete knows the day will never come when he wakes up pain-free. He has to play hurt. — Steven Pressfield
I am one of those people who got caught up in the whole “better feeling” movement. The one that tells us that happiness is feeling good all the time.
You know what? I don’t feel good all the time. Sometimes I’m in physical pain, sometimes I’m sad, sometimes I’m cranky and sometimes I’m bored and listless.
There will never be a day when the thoughts in my head don’t tell me I’m not good enough, skinny enough or young enough. I can go around pretending otherwise but it wouldn’t be true.
The day will never come when I don’t wake up pain-free. Life doesn’t work that way.
But I’m not going to sit on the bench and watch from the sidelines. I’m here to play.
I’m playing hurt.
Because once I’m in the game I forget about the pain. When I’m with the people I love or I’m doing the things I love, the pain recedes into a quiet whisper that is easy to get used to.
What about you?
Are waiting for the day when you are pain-free before you get into the game. Or are you playing hurt?