It’s great to talk about making a difference in the world, but it’s another thing to actually do it.
“Shouldn’t volunteering be a rational decision, not based on an emotion like feeling inspired?” you might ask. "You know... it's good to do things even when we don't feel motivation."
Yes… and no.
One time, a friend was talking to me about fitness. I was trying to explain to her a way to build more upper-body strength.
I explained to her that the way I built upper-body strength was through my favorite push-ups: five seconds, constant motion, no breaks, done consistently – sometimes multiple days a week.
“Oh, I wouldn’t have the motivation to do that.”
I’m a terribly reserved person, so I didn’t say the words that came to mind. But, if I did, here’s what I would have said.
Ever seen someone doing rapid-fire push-ups and think that it’s really impressive?
Well, it is. It shows that they have developed strong muscles for very specific motions.
But what about the rest of their range of motion? Chances are that if a lot of people slowed their push-ups down, they would have a lot of trouble! That also applies to real-world use for those muscles, their use outside the gym. It’s a lot easier to use your muscles for a practical purpose if you have a full range of motion!
That’s where my favorite push-ups come into play.
That’s probably not the answer you were expecting.
But if you simply do not have the time… if your entire day is filled up with important little things like work and school, you might not have a half hour block to carve out.
But you should still work out. Just don’t set aside time to do it.
Hi, I'm Rachel. I write adventure stories, but I can't let my characters have all the adventures.