Posted by michael stanwyck : Thursday, Jan 30, 2014
I want to tell you a cautionary tale. Fortunately, this one has a happy ending. I want you to start by think of something that you consider really important. Something you've worked for, planned for, and maybe even seems like a once in a lifetime opportunity. Missing it feels like it would be the end of the world - a blow to your career, your happiness, even your future. Now ask yourself, would you die for it?
Last week, my girlfriend, (many of you know Pili), had a very important event. She is a TV producer and the fruits of her labor on a show she has been working on for the last 2 years are just now beginning to show themselves. She partnered up with a major international brand (Like major, major. Like when it comes to coffee, they're really the only game in town) to produce some live music events in their stores. It was a huge opportunity. This was it. The moment she had been waiting for and working for.
But something bothered her. For a week she had been feeling bad. Increasing pain in her stomach, malaise, low-grade fever. She powered through because blowing this opportunity was not an option. She ignored discomfort, even pain, out of fear that if she missed this, she'd be set back. So much that she never even told me how badly it hurt.
Then, Thursday night after the event, she turned to me and said "We need to go home. I feel really bad." The next morning she woke up and said "I need to go to a doctor. Now."
A doctor's visit and CT scan later, we found out that her appendix had ruptured. At least a day before. We were immediately in the ER and she was in the hospital for 3 days.
She was actually extremely lucky. Everything you've heard about a ruptured appendix is true. It can easily be fatal. Many people are not as lucky. Who knows? 9 times out of 10 she might not have been that lucky. She's now back home and taking antibiotics to deal with the toxic spill that happened when the appendix burst. And fortunately, she's going to be fine.
It seems so obvious in the aftermath that she would never trade anything like that event for her life. The problem, of course, is that you never know. It's so easy to get caught up in what you think is important in the moment, and lose track of what is really important. When you ignore the clear pleas of your body, you may be taking serious risks. Your health is the most important thing that you have. Without it, it's challenging, if not impossible, to do anything.
Your health, by the way, is not only important to you. I spent the entire weekend worrying, not sleeping, wondering what would happen if the unthinkable happened, and watching her suffer. None of it was particularly fun. The people who love you don't want to see you suffer, worry about what could happen, or lose you.
Her tale is an extreme one, but I'd like you to think just how much you may ignore your health because you have too many other important things to do. Your own tale of self-deception may not be one as acute, or of immediate lethal importance. But that may be even more insidious. How many things can you ignore for how long before that impact, that at one point seemed years off, is right at your doorstep?
Like all cautionary tales, this is scary. It's not told just to scare you. Fear is used to draw your attention to something that you may not be willing to look at. Be scared. But let that fear kick you into action like never before.
Nooners getting goofy
THURSDAY'S WORKOUT (CAP)
A) 5 RFQ on the 2:00
4 Hang Squat Snatch (50-60%)
4 Snatch Balance
B) 4 RFQ :20:10
C) 4 Rounds (total), each for time the 6:00
10 DB Squat Cleans (45/25)
20 Push ups
**each round is capped at 3:00
AND COMING FRIDAY (NO CAP)
On a continuously running clock perform the following:
0:00-15:00 - find Max Snatch
20:00-31:00 - 1 mile run for time
35:00-37:00 - 2 min Max sit ups