5 rounds for time of:
30 Wall Balls, 20/14 lbs
30 AbMat Sit-ups
5 Deadlifts, 335/235 lbs
Run, 400 m
I’m not sure if this post will be about CrossFit specifically. But this is a reflection of a conversation I had with a fellow CrossFitter, a young man, early to mid-twenties. We were having a discussion about learning new things about yourself and about the world that we live in. His observation was that as he spends more time out in the world and in the workplace that he has developed the feeling that ” It’s not about who you are and what you do. It’s about what you have and who you know.”
I remember myself at a similar age have a similar viewpoint. At the time I hadn’t been in the workforce for a very long time. I was still attending full-time College and working full-time nights at a restaurant. Although driven by my passions, my priorities at that stage in life were vastly different than the ones I have now. To put it to a word, I was very selfish. And to be more specific I was very self-focused. Having moved out on my own, I found an incredible sense of freedom and fear in not being accountable to anyone but myself. This also meant I had no one to support me but myself.
Now, I do not tell you this to brag or boast. But rather, to help you understand this viewpoint if you have not already. I think a lot of us have already in our lives, at some point, thought to ourselves “Wow, that’s not fair at all!” And with that, some of us including myself, have asked ourselves:
“What’s the point of this hard work if somebody else is going to get the thing I was trying to get?”
“Why should I try so hard if I’m not going to be rewarded?”
Or one of the big ones: “Why does this other person get this when I work harder and obey the rules and they are not following the rules and do not work?”
These were hard questions to answer. But my response was: It always matters.
It always matters when you do the right thing. It always matters to work as hard as you can. It always matters to consider other people. Even if others around you are not. They might supersede the law or be disrespectful, inconsiderate or otherwise unjust in order to gain an advantage in some way. Still, it matters what you do in response. The truth of the matter is the people that zigzag through traffic 30 miles faster than anybody else and cut you off are often going to make it to their destination before you make it to yours. If it were a race they would win because they didn’t follow the rules. And that’s going to happen in life. But it doesn’t mean that you have to follow in kind. You can make the decision to consider those around you and to do what you know is right. In any situation. You will still go forward. And, you will know for yourself that you didn’t have to push anyone down to pull yourself up.
So yes, sometimes it’s who you know and what you have. But all the time it’s who you are and what you choose to do. And when you choose to be the best version of yourself, you can hold your head high and be proud of that.