You Can Do Anything for 10 Seconds

Push ups

Obviously this is a picture of me doing push-ups.

My favorite trainer at the gym likes to give 10 second encouragement. It’s effective because it’s a small achievable goal, even when it feels enormous. I’m trying to apply this mentality to 2015.

Just 10 more seconds. You can do anything for 10 seconds.

I’m not going to sugar coat it. November, 2015, this week – it’s all sucked. And if this year were a tangible item, I’d burn it down. I’ve had some awesome, amazing, incredible moments and achievements this year, don’t get me wrong. It is only the gratitude for all the things I have that has kept me sane. The short list of the bad crap:

  • I discovered eggs and dairy make me sick.
  • Colbs got hurt at work in 2014 and hasn’t been able to work for over a year plus, he’s still not recovered.
  • L&I and his company have made getting better and getting paid difficult.
  • I got a promotion that meant a title and more responsibility but not more money.
  • The Colbster and I have had to learn how to live on one-third of what we used to make a year and a half ago.
  • About once a month I get sick. I used to never get sick let alone this frequently.
  • My condo (that was rented out) flooded and insurance didn’t cover the bulk of it, nor did it cover the cost to temporarily house my tenant through the restoration.
  • My car broke and cost about $6,000 to fix.
  • I found a problematic spot on my ear that now has to be removed. Who doesn’t love surgery?
  • My grandma died this week and I feel horrible about not spending more time with her.

I have tried really hard to keep my  head up and stay positive. I’m trying to be the positive change in my life or at least not lose my shit on any stranger who happens to pass by. I’m working on practicing gratitude and breathing and not screaming or crying because it’s 2:00pm on Thursday and how did it get that far into the week without me noticing.

The point is, it’s be hard. Really hard and I have been struggling. Last week I ended up crying in the shower and thinking to myself: how much more? How much more can I take?

And the answer was 10 more seconds. You can do anything for 10 more seconds. You can take a little more for a little longer. And once that 10 seconds is over, there’s another 10 seconds to try again.

We’re broke but living in a beach house. We’re both in various states of unhealthy but actively working on healing. There is stress and worry but it’s all first world problems. I only have to hold on for a little longer and when it’s all said and done, I’ll be that much stronger for it.

Just 10 more seconds. You can do anything for 10 seconds.

I totally can.


Photo credit: Flicker user Tom Waterhouse.

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