Evolving towards unhappiness?
My days felt sluggish. Have you ever felt like your body was walking through mud? This is how I felt. Work was not challenging me, and it had been three weeks since I had been to the gym. I wanted to get back, but only out of habit. Then, in the middle of my workout, after I’d pushed past the point when my mind had told me to stop, I was overwhelmed, but not from any physical pain. I realized how much I needed a consistent challenge in my life, and I wondered: Do most people get challenged in their daily lives?
Challenges bring us happiness
I looked in the gym mirror, breathing deeply. I saw past my face and looked into my eyes, and everything fell away. I didn’t worry about what I needed to do later, or what I should be doing next week. Their time would come, but right now, I knew I was ready, and whatever happened, it would be ok. I took the barbell onto my back smoothly, and balanced it there, feet planted firmly on the ground, and I gazed forward undistracted, but then I thought: Why don’t I feel like this all the time?
Work gives value to our life
Today we have evolved to get things done faster and with less work. Or we’ve evolved to a point we don’t need to do them at all. In the past, the time we spent resulted in a barn, a pair of pants, or a tasty meal. With exercise, there is nothing tangible. All we gain is the feeling that we’ve challenged our whole being, our heart, mind, every living part of us. It is a happiness that lasts all day, and can integrate into our whole life.
I think this is something we can all afford to spend time doing.