Up Up & Away
Starting April 6, for the next 30 days, I’m writing a brief essay every day and posting it to my Medium account in an effort to get off social media and focus on doing something good for me, both personally and professionally. To read my last essay, click here.
Along with doing this 30-day writing challenge, I recently started going to the physical therapist again after by-and-large not taking proper care of my body since the quarantine period began.
I play a lot of ultimate frisbee, and in doing so, I partially tore my right hamstring at the end of 2019 and had a minor sprain on my left LCL in February of 2020. While I was working on getting back to full health at the beginning of last year, once the pandemic really set in, I found my motivation to exercise would come in spurts, and with this inconsistency came pain whenever I did step out to go for a run.
I’m glad I finally acknowledged that some things are beyond my control. In a perfect world, yes, I would be pinpointing all of my weaknesses and attacking them on the daily, but sometimes it’s okay that we need someone else — in this case, an expert in how the human body functions — to help us achieve our goals.
So I’m doing that. About 40 minutes of mobility and core work every morning and a light jog every day. The goal is to work back to the point where come summer, as things start to open back up, I’ll have confidence in my body again, ready to compete.
The reason I bring this up is twofold. First of all, Kid Cudi’s feel-good summertime banger “Up Up & Away” came on while I was driving a couple hours ago, and with the weather vastly improving each and every day, I felt almost the equivalent to a runner’s high.
Second, this entire exercise — my 30-day writing challenge — has succeeded in giving me a can-do attitude across the board and inspiring a newfound belief in myself that I haven’t felt in almost two years now.
Will I be putting every one of these essays in the pantheon of my writing, the crown jewels of the Nathan Graber-Lipperman Portfolio of Creative Internet Endeavors? Probably not. Will I feel this happy even two days from now? Too early to tell.
Regardless, past just getting all of my thoughts out of me head and onto a page, I’m already starting to feel tangible differences in my life and mood by virtue of setting on this path, and that alone has made it all worth it.
Let’s get it.