Do I have to go?

I’m too tired. I didn’t feel good all weekend, and I’m still not one hundred percent. I had to wake up at 4:15 this morning to get all the work done that I didn’t get done last night, since I was so exhausted that I fell asleep by 8:00. I have so much work that it’s piling up and I can’t see the end of the tunnel. It’s okay if I don’t go, right?

Pulling myself together, I quickly changed at work before ordering a Go-Jek. Hopping on the back of the motorbike, headphones in, I rewatched this amazingly inspiring video I found today on Instagram to psych myself up. Groovin’ to the music, I immediately searched for the song on Spotify, adding it to my playlist. Before I knew it, I’d arrived.

Glancing at my watch, I realized I had less than ten minutes to go. I rushed in, jogging up the escalators instead of my normal coasting. By the fourth floor, my hammies were burning, my breath rapid. I handed over my card quickly, having just enough time to drop off my bag in the locker. Looking around, I saw her waiting. I made it. It was time to get to work.

Despite the litany of excuses playing in my head begging me to just go home, I honored my commitment and went to the gym. And you know what? It didn’t suck.


19 thoughts on “Do I have to go?

  1. Melanie Meehan

    It’s SO easy to talk yourself OUT of the gym– or any from of exercise. Some of my most productive work times are when I’m avoiding the gym! Love the litany at the beginning of your post!

  2. dianeandlynne

    Best line ever “It didn’t suck” Getting to the gym is a commitment I try to achieve but it’s so easy to skip it. I’m always pleased that it doesn’t suck when I get it done.

  3. standingtall47

    Love, Love, Love! The inner monologue to start is fantastic and I can completely relate. I’m glad you stuck with your commitment. Can’t wait to check out the song/video too.

  4. mshubb1104

    Thank you for sharing! I love the structure of your story and how only the end revealed the place was the gym. I wish I could push myself to exercise more.


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