Day 2: Midnight Fighter
The second day of my path through Take No Days Off has been fueled with the need to be part of the movement. I’ve been listening all day to the mp3 version on my laptop, my phone, my iPad, practically encompassing it in background of my work. I keep discovering more passion from within the speech and within myself as I delve into whatever I’m doing. I’ve proudly stopped gaming, particularly MMORPGs, because I’ve always believed they had a steep benefit curve where you’d be inspired, developed the personal skills, harnessed the bond with your friends and cousins, and then it’s just an addiction…a waste of time.
What marvels me is the ability of this video in itself to influence my lifestyle so radically. I’ve always read inspirational cases, stories, witnessed some, and experienced others, but not like this one. I related to it in so many ways on so many levels that I felt the speech was intended to me. From the voice, to the metaphors, to the story itself, to the asthma relation (which I had and know exactly how it feels) to the part where success is ditching parties and shooting hoops.
I had obligations that stopped me from achieving my personal projects for 8 months now. I still have them, but like a maniac I’m working day and night to finish them and start working on my own.
Project 1: The gym
It was a long day of studies and projects, with friends coming over and doing shenanigans and stuff. I had my work done, that was a definite, but part of my new aspiring self is to hit the gym. I needed that feeling of self-satisfaction, of loving my own body and appreciating it. Just like a car, the body needs maintenance, and mine was getting rusty.
I only had the chance at midnight to do it. Usually my brain would persuade me that working out at late nights isn’t beneficial and would render sleeping disorders, but not that time. I managed to stumble upon a weekly workout plan that focused on getting fit and strengthening the abs. Strenuous exercise, long or short, had to be perfected and reps fully done no matter what. I ended up doing that and remained pumped up enough to run for 10 minutes and rafting for another 5. It might seem not much, but it’s an achievement for me nonetheless. Day 2 was victorious, overcome, and looking forward for a resting night until next day’s achievements.