Editor's Note: Our Founder has come across many badass people in his time spent traveling and living in nearly every region and on every coast our country offers. Today's blog comes from one of his closest friends. Christian and Seth met in Raleigh, NC. Both trained at Crossfit Sua Sponte, under owner and coach John Dill, who makes an appearance in the blog and whose quote is the title. Today, Christian has just returned to America following his first deployment as an Officer in the United States Navy. We are honored to publish this blog he submitted, and we thank him for his service to our country.
"It's SUPPOSED TO HURT!"
These words were barked at me during my first CrossFit class at CrossFit Sua Sponte in Raleigh, NC. “It’s supposed to hurt. If it didn’t hurt, everyone would do it. And how whack would that shit be. Be better.” I was smoked. And I was only doing pull ups and push ups with 400m runs in between.
No weights were involved. I had thought I was in good shape. I was a two-sport high school athlete and had been recruited to play Division 1 athletics. I also scored the maximum on my Navy PT tests. And here I was, stinking of weakness. I could feel it all over me, and I was ashamed.
John Dill, a bearded, tattooed, muscular former Army Ranger Captain and the owner of Sua Sponte, had planted a seed that would continue to grow. A good life is SUPPOSED TO HURT. (Editor's note: John's other favorite line if you said a workout was hard: "Yeah, but did you die?")
On that day, and on so many days since, I was faced with a challenge. No matter if I was working out or working. How on earth could I get through this? Humans by nature are creatures of stasis. That is why it is tough to get off the couch and go for a run, or wake up early and make to the gym before work. It is so much easier to veg out and not do your work. IT HURTS. An object at rest will stay at rest unless a force acts upon it. For people, that force is our will. Our will is a tool, an instrument, of immeasurable power and fortitude. IT HURTS. Will overcomes that HURT.
Those who are strong don’t think they are. There is always another goal to reach, another PR to hit, another peak to climb. They could have been faster or better. They are humble, yet self-assured. They know who they are, and how to thrive. Those who are weak believe they are strong. And when faced with adversity, these self claiming
“strong” people will crumble, find excuses and run. They will not attempt what they failed at again.
Anyone who decides they want to be strong can make that change. For the girl who thinks that she is in shape because she does Spin class, but can’t run a mile. For the guy who has giant arms from bicep curls but can’t do 100 push ups. For the student who says they can’t understand math. For anyone who says, “I can’t”. You can. The only difference between failure and success is you have the grit to stand up and try again. If you are weak, dumb or lazy, be HONEST with yourself. IT’S SUPPOSED TO HURT.
No change will occur overnight, but your diligent hard work will erode away whatever deficiencies you have. Anything worth doing is hard. Life is about the journey not the
destination. Along the way it HURTS.
Reinhold Messner was the first person to climb Everest without bottled oxygen. A feat so dangerous, it was thought to be suicide. When asked why Messner climbed Everest to die, he responded, “I didn’t go up there to die, I went up there to live.”
Be Wild. Be STRONG. And Remember, IT’S SUPPOSED TO HURT!