I had a revelation the other day when I was training alone at the gym. I was pretty exhausted by the session, and wondered how on earth I was going to be able to complete what was ahead of me. It was then, in the midst of reaching my limit, that I realised that limits change.
Stay with me. For some this revelation is pretty obvious; and I’ll admit that once I realised it it did make total sense. The thing is though; I don’t tend to just take people’s word for things, and most of the time I like to know why things are the way they are, and how people have come to certain conclusions. It’s no good telling me to go run 10km; I mean I’ll do it, but chances are I’ll be waiting for the explanation of how that 10km’s fits into the big picture at the end of it. In much the same way that I tend to avoid idle chit chat because it has no purpose, I’m not one of those people who goes for a run with no purpose or obvious link to the big picture. I don’t run because I’m head over heels for the feeling of it, or for the freedom it gives me; I run because it’s a challenge, and that challenge is what gets me out of bed every morning.
So, back to the lesson in question. It’s all about limits, glass ceilings, comfort zones, call them what you will. After careful dissection and throwing ideas around in my mind, I realised that you can not judge future hurt by current hurt. To base your future capabilities on your current capabilities is like comparing apples and oranges. In the future you will be a completely different person; you will be fitter, stronger, and have a lot more mental toughness than you do now. So yes, by all means, if your current hurt forces you to scream, curse, or even cry, then go right ahead – whatever you do though, don’t judge your future on it, for what you do today will seem easy by then.
“You can’t judge future hurt by current hurt. By the time future comes around you’ll be a completely different person” – a lesson learnt by me