Yesterday at the gym I decided to lift heavy.  I “piled” on the plates onto the bar.  I was setting up to do bench press.  I scrolled through my playlist to find the song that was going to get me through the set.  I closed my eyes and mentally prepared myself.  I looked in the mirror and psyched myself out.  I stretched my chest and did some shoulder rotations to prepare my body.  I lay back, took a deep breath, grabbed the bar, lifted it up, struggled to keep the bar even on the way down while I was shaking.  It was probably a split second before a guy came over and lifted the bar for me.

I was embarrassed.  I felt pathetic.  I couldn’t believe I needed help.  I thanked the man.  I apologized to him for having to help me.  He said to me, “It’s no problem – I always need help”.  I realized at that moment how strong he looked for saying that.

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We think we can do it all on our own.  We think that is being strong.  Who knows if I would have been able to push the bar back up.  It was clear to the guy next to me that I needed help even though I didn’t ask for it.  I might have hurt myself if that guy wasn’t there.  Then how strong would I be?  Apparently I needed help even though I didn’t think so.

Do you need help?

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