Sometimes we get so involved in that that when certain things hit us it can rock us to the core. Something like that hit me Saturday morning to remind me of life’s preciousness and to try not to sweat the small stuff and appreciate the little things that are important. The bit of news I received Saturday also reminded me of why I do what I doe. Through some old college friends, I found out that one of my roommates from college passed away this week at the age of 45. That is my age. This seemed to criss-cross with some things that I have been thinking about CrossFit and life in general.
Get to vs Have to
As CrossFit West Houston grew from a hobby business (me in 2009, “I will train about 50 people, it will be fun and a nice second income.”) to a real business (me in 2010, after Sandra lost her job and was 5 months pregnant, “Holy Sh*t! This is real! Now it’s on me to feed the family!”) The volume in my life was turned up to the max. “Have to” became a common part of my thinking and mindset. Thoughts like:
In reality what I should have been thinking is that I “Get To”. Had I thought that I get to, wouldn’t that have changed the perepective? Hell yes, instead of being enslaved by have to, I could have been liberated by get to. Look how different that can become:
Huge difference from one to the other. It is perspective! What do you normally “have to”? Would changing those things to “get to” make it more appealing? I bit it might. Try it. See if you have a different outlook. It took sad news for me to really understand the whole get to vs have to perspective. What if I couldn’t get to do anything? Perhaps I should I appreciate the things I get to do, worry less about things that have to get done. In the end, I don’t have to do anything when I can get to do everything.