This is one of the harder things in life. Letting go, breathing, and loving yourself when it seems like how in the hell is that possible after the bad things you’ve done.

Lifting barbells over my head is easy compared to that. Putting heavy 400 + lbs on my back and shoulders is easy compared to that.

God, thinking about how life and the gym intersect and relate – it’s easy to bleed in the gym. You can’t fake it in there. You can’t fake the work needed to get the results.

The same with life. It’s too easy to brush things under the rug. I do it in certain parts of my life and tell myself lies like it’s not important.

To love yourself is the single most important thing you can do right now. It doesn’t take currency. It doesn’t take any special material object or situation. You can start loving yourself now. God it hurts. It hurts to do it because most of us haven’t taken the time to start. So it’s uncomfortable. It stings. But you need to keep going even if you don’t like it right away.

I’ve said it before and felt it at times but the consistency of it is the real holy grail. Love is my religion. It has been at times and other times it’s been put on the back burner. But if I’m going to be worth a damn in this life, it needs to be front and center. Because if it’s not, life will be a lonely, lonely existence.

The keys are in our hands. Choose love. It’s harder than snatching 300lbs, cleaning 400lbs, squatting 500lbs, and any other thing in the gym. That stuff is cake compared to the journey of loving yourself consistently. It’s time to put it at the front of the line instead of “waiting for later.” Soon, there won’t be a later. We can’t afford, I can’t afford to be one of those people.

Love is a must.

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