We say it all the time. “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” Well, I have to say, I don’t have to anymore at least.
We came to the U.K., London to Leeds and back to London. All the while, thrusting ourselves into new tasks, some bigger than others. These news tasks were uncomfortable until they became comfortable. Similarly, as we became familiar and bit more “used” to them, we didn’t mind them anymore.
Look right then look left. For those who you who have not yet had the opportunity to cross an intersection or street in the U.K., you may not know the dangers that exist for Americans. Kim and I happy to report, no one hit us and we didn’t hit a single car. With that being said, there were some close moments. Just when we got “comfortable” in deciding when we should cross the street against traffic that is traveling the opposite way from what we are accustomed to, boom, here comes a car out of the blue. Sheesh! However, we made it. We thought we were comfortable and yet, not so much. Each crossing point, we had to look right, then left, about a million times. And then do it in the reverse. Just imagine our heads bobbing left and right. There ya go. Now you have it. It saved us from injury so I’m ok with it. However, I am still uncomfortable I suppose with crossing the intersections.
Opening doors … same applies. Push, pull, whatever. Both Kim and I found ourselves stuck at plenty of doors. A good deed in order to open a door for someone or one of us, led us to not realizing which way to do so, either push or pull. Again, that situation of not knowing which way to go, a bit uncomfortable.
The “tube” system, or the subway, was a bit uncomfortable. Long escalators, stairs that go on forever and a million people going from one train to the next, changing here and there, hustling their way to the next stop, can be uncomfortable for those unfamiliar with riding this transportation option. We have experience with subways but not knowing this system was a bit daunting at times. However, as we worked our way through the tube the last day, we found ourselves getting comfortable. We nearly just had to look up to know where we were. It was kind of comforting. Nevermind, who am I kidding? The tube has 12 lines and we used eight of them. I give kudos to London, because their system is tight. Seriously, better than NYC, way better.
Walking into a new CrossFit box. A bit uncomfortable, despite how many training sessions we have had, the fact that we coach all the time and in fact own our own, still makes one feel a bit uneasy, a bit uncomfortable. Of course, that is until you start meeting people, start training together.
So back to my point of getting comfortable with uncomfortable. We all take on things that are uncomfortable until they become comfortable. Picking up a barbell for the first time, going for a 1 rep max in a snatch or trying to string together handstand push-ups, all of which are uncomfortable until they are not. Don’t be afraid to look right, then look left a million times and don’t be afraid to go for a 1 rep max. At some point that 1 rep max will become your old 1 rep max. There will be something else to get comfortable with.
In Other News…
The picnic is this coming Saturday, June 30 at 3-6p in Fletcher Park under the picnic shelter. Post what you are bringing.
New Raleigh CrossFit t-shirts will be in soon, about 2 weeks. Hang tight on these. We love them.