“If you don’t get out, you die…”

“If you don’t get out, you die J…”

Those were the words of my Coach as I struggled beneath the dead weight of the three training partners, all adult men ranging in weight from 155-170lbs.  My weight fluctuates between 170-174lbs. these days just to give you an idea.  This was my second time in this one minute drill and about forty-five minutes into our MMA Conditioning class(my second class of the day) filled with similarly physically and mentally draining exercises.

“If you don’t get out, you die J…”

I am still alive but I didn’t get out.  The words were quite figurative, perhaps to light a fire.  What it did was spark deep thoughts within, something that I, a seeker of knowledge, a spiritual sojourner, needs to grow, to go on.  I’ve replayed the experience in my head, thinking about what to try, how to make each movement count so next time I will get out.

“If you don’t get out, you die J…”

The class on Friday, in case you missed it, my arm got clipped by a car.  These words had a greater impact considering how I came within a foot of getting cleaned out by a driver who couldn’t even stop to see if I was okay after hitting me

“If you don’t get out, you die J…”

Some say that in life, things happen for a reason.  I can only feel that these experiences are pointing me in the direction of greater life appreciation, preparing me to live more fully, something I’ve worked on for years, and realize I will continue to grow and learn from for the remainder of my life.

“If you don’t get out, you die J…”

How many times in life do we come so close to that which we dream, only to give up, because of a challenge or because the going gets too tough?  I know in the past, I surely wasn’t ready for some of the challenges I faced and in turn, I couldn’t have finished in the way that I would have liked.

“If you don’t get out, you die J…”

Considering what I have been through thus far in my life and looking at these other events that keep popping up, I have no doubt I will press on.  I also feel that whatever comes my way, the training partner that is Life itself, is preparing me so that I “live” when the pressure is on, that I can finish strong, win or lose, so long as I maintain my integrity, so long as I don’t give up.

“If you don’t get out, you die J…”

Thanks Coach.

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