Do It With A Frown
I burned my leg last weekend, and it put me out of commission for a full four days. I’m totally fine, but it was one of those injuries that wouldn’t let me do anything even if I wanted to, so I just had to stay in the house. It hurt just as much to be still, so four days of doing nothing wasn’t as fun as it sounds. By day five, I had serious ants in my pants. I was able to bend my leg pretty normally again, so I decided I needed to get my annoyed self out of the house. The workout class at my gym that night was mostly pull ups, so I figured it’d be a good day for me to get back at it. After all, I do pay a monthly membership fee, and I felt like a quarter of it had gone completely to waste that week. I knew going would stink, but staying home would also stink, so I went.
It wasn’t fun. Sure, there were positives. I got off the couch, and I felt better being able to go to the gym at least one day out of the week. My guilt was gone, and I got some energy out. But it hurt, I struggled through the workout, and I didn’t want to be there. I’d be lying if I said “I’m so glad I went” because I’m not. It felt like I was darned if I did and darned if I didn’t. But at the end of the day, I did.
While scrolling through Instagram the next morning, I saw a post that said something like “if you’re not having fun” or “if you’re not doing it with a smile, you’re doing it wrong.” What a line of crap. Sometimes (often) the things we have to do are not fun, exciting, or worthy of a toothy grin. Sometimes (often) we have to do things even when we aren’t happy about it. Failure is not doing something with a frown, it’s not doing it at all. Life is hard, and if all you have to offer is showing up with a frown, I think that’s alright. At least you’re showing up!