Step 20 – It’s Gonna Hurt, Get Over It!

HurtWhat the experts say – “Pain is just weakness leaving the body” – General Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller USMC circa 1955

How I did it. – At first I cried, a lot, and then my 6 year old daughter Michaela (You know the cheesy poofs queen) asked me one day what was making me so upset all the time. I told her how I had allowed myself to get so fat and out of shape and how hard it was to do just these simple exercises that left my back, legs, and neck hurting so badly.  My daughter has a great and ever present smile, but she wasn’t smiling, I could see that she was thinking hard.  She then put her hand on my shoulder and said “Remember when I kept falling off my bike daddy and skinning my knees?” I said “Yes babygirl I do.  You would cry and cry and I would hold your hand until you felt better.”  She then asked me, “Do you remember what you told me about the next time?  You said the next time I wouldn’t cry so much, because I already knew it was going to hurt.  I already know what it feels like, so it won’t be a surprise and after a while it wouldn’t even hurt anymore.  I could take chances and fall all I wanted after that.  You already know it’s gonna hurt right daddy?” With tears in my eyes I looked at this wise and wondrous young 6 year old and said simply “You’re right baby, I do. Thank you for reminding me.”  “You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you.” – Psalms 8:2