Everyone says things happen for a reason but honestly that has been EXTREMELY hard to agree with lately. Life has been really tough but after a couple consecutive days of workouts, I started to get a little clarity and I came to a couple realizations…
- There is a LESS work to do when you don’t have a house to take care of
- There is a LOT more time to spend with your family when you don’t have a house to take care of
- There is a LOT less bickering when you don’t have a house to take care of
- There is a lot LESS pressure at the gym when you don’t have any goals to work towards
- There is a lot LESS guilt about not going to the gym when you’re injured
Yes, there are still chores but we’ve been able to use the extra time to just be a family (one that just happens to live in tight spaces). And it’s been a little refreshing. I’ve enjoyed not feeling the weight of endless chores. I’ve enjoyed not having to worry about all the things that houses make you worry about. It’s been kinda nice. I can ALMOST see the attraction of the tiny home movement.
As for the gym and running, since my normal running routine is not an option, I’m forced to find my quiet time in the gym and I’m content there right now. I’m not crushing goals. I’m not making HUGE strength gains but I’m content just being there…pushing myself enough to feel the burn and sweat.
I’ve come to the realization that someday (not sure when) we WILL have a house to go home to and our stuff will soon fill our spaces…stuff that, for the most part, we’ve not needed for a month and I’ll recover from this injury and will hopefully find the internal drive to push myself to new goals (maybe another Ironman?) and when we reach that place in time, we might look back at this moment of simplicity and wish for it all again.
I promised you all an update on the house and life in general and that’s coming but for now…I just wanted to share a little perspective I’ve had lately because it’s important to focus in on these kinds of things.