Everyone has limits. You just have to learn what your own limits are and deal with them accordingly.

Nolan Ryan, baseball hall of famer

This was not the best start to a day.

The alarm went off and I didn’t want to get out of bed, so I rolled over for a couple minutes and felt lazier for it. My writing this morning was forced and boring. I had to run back into the house through the rain to get something I forgot.

My time at the gym was all messed up. I was there an hour earlier than normal, trying to get everything done before the snow rolls in this afternoon. Trouble is, that’s also the busiest time of the morning, which meant that my entire workout was off since I had to work around other people using the equipment I needed.

All that being said, I’m grateful for having experienced these kinds of days and knowing how to react to them. Rather than push myself on benchpress, I missed a couple reps. Maybe I could’ve made 12 instead of 10, but seeing how off I was, it seemed coming up short was preferable to winding up with the bar on my chest, wheezing for rescue.

There seems to be a prevailing notion of pushing ourselves without exception that wafts out of social media and society like a nasty, rotten egg fart. I’m a fan of pushing myself, but I’m also a fan of knowing my limits and acting accordingly. Not every day is about charging downhill with your banner held high shouting “Carpe Diem!!!!” Some days are more about recharging and having grace for yourself and others. Both are necessary, and neglecting either one is a bad thing.

So today will be getting my to do list checked off and then sitting by the fire while the flakes come down. Fine, that works.

At the very least, I got 10 out of 12.