A few weeks ago I was walking to a meeting (no, dragging myself through the gray and gloom and chilly weather to a meeting wishing it was sunny) and a friend I met when we lived in Colorado ran by. He is getting his PhD in Kinesiology at the university, but has plans to return to Colorado after he's done with his program. He used to be a professional cyclist in Colorado and is a machine when it comes to anything active and he runs constantly...Like 100 mile races constantly.
The thing is, he doesn't get caught up in the drama. He just runs. He doesn't think twice about the uncomfortable kinks and aches and pains as you start to jog - your body not warmed up yet, the cold winter air seeping through your sweat-wicking running gear, your toes and fingers frigid. He just goes. This is what I thought as he ran by me. He was just putting one foot in front of the other and doing it knowing soon he would hit his groove and be totally comfortable. Or at least in somewhat of a rhythm.
I, however, was quickly walking to my meeting getting caught up in the drama of the cold, the sunless day, my jacket's snap that kept coming undone at the bottom, my scarf that was a little too itchy, and the details of the meeting I was heading to. All that drama created by myself and bottled up for myself to experience all by my lonesome. So much undue stress. We can all too often get caught up in the drama of the activity at hand. Boy, can this overwhelm you and prevent you from living in the moment. In this case, it was my walk between point A and B.
So often we get caught up in the drama and that prevents us from even beginning. For some, just getting it done, just doing it, just getting started is easier than it is for others. For some people, like me, it takes training to learn how to turn your brain off, or at least calm it down, so you can be THE MACHINE! that my friend is when he runs to just get the thing done without getting emotional, and then moving on with your life. The productivity levels I assure you will soar with less drama. So, just go. Just do it. Just run. And "Don't get emotional" as my crew coach in college used to yell out to my teammates and me as we rowed our shells on the cold, freezing lake, passing chunks of ice as we hurled our oars in the water. No time for drama during a Wisconsin winter after all.