Putting Things in Perspective

Certain things are bigger than the gym, so if you are looking for predictions on 17.4 then you’re in the wrong place. If you want to hear a short opinion on “perspective”, then relate it back to your exercising performance, then this article is for you.

Perspective is a peculiar thing. It can sometimes be easily altered, but those changes are usually temporary. For instance, you might watch a movie, or listen to a song, and feel extra motivation in that moment - but that feeling typically wears off shortly after. I think the perspective we should all work towards is one that grows and changes for the better in a more permanent form. Life is a learning process, and mistakes are going to happen.  Lasting perspective is gained when you learn from those mistakes and do your best not to repeat them.

I'm known for being extremely stubborn, but I constantly attempt to absorb ideas and perspectives from people I respect. This is especially true of learning from their hardships. Rather than just feeling sorry or being sympathetic I try to understand their situation at a deeper level and use that to help me grow as a person.

A few years back, I watched as a friend succumbed to cancer, leaving behind his wife and young child. I think about them almost every single day, for different reasons.  Watching, and being a part of, that changed my perspective. Many days I’ll see a young family pass by, and think about the eventuality of having children of my own. I reflect upon what I have done to this point in my life, and what else I still want to accomplish - as an athlete, husband, and as a father. I continue to remind myself to not waste a moment. Seeing what that family went through truly molded my perspective.  That, along with all the other pivotal times in my life molded my perspective. The good times and the hard times, learning from every single experience.

I tell people all the time, "Things could be worse", but the truth is they could also always be better. I guess the point is, don't just sit there and complain about something, then do nothing about it. Get up, make a change that lasts longer than a few seconds. Influence a life, make more out of something good, and less out of something bad. Be a role model, be an inspiration. Gain perspective, and help someone else do the same. Don't waste a moment.