25 June 2013 – Today I went to the Gym for the first time in my life. I have walked a lot and done yoga and a few dance classes, but this time I was going to the gym. I consider myself moderatly fit and assumed I could certainly finish a class that was tailored for a beginner.
You will never hurt again, like you hurt that first time
What was to come was far beyond my comprehension. I skipped, jumped, leaped about, squatted and pushed and stepped up on to things to the point where I thought I was going to faint. I was halfway through a circuit I was expected to do five more times. I have ever moved my muscles in that sort of way before, never lifted a weight above my head or squatted on a rope. I collapsed, lying on the floor as the room tilted slightly off and my fingers quivered and shook.
What I realised while I was lying there, heaving my chest up and down, sucking in the hot air of the gym was that this was never ever going to be this hard again. I had turned up to my first class. I had come, in my outfit and I have participated. This was the first time and I was there. And I will never again have to go through my first time at the gym. It will never be this difficult again, because I have started.
Remember this as you start to write – Maybe for the first time in your life.
The first time you try it is the most difficult thing ever and every single time you go back to it will get easier. Your muscles will form a memory, you brain will familiarise itself with the action and you won’t have to look on the map to see where you’re going. You will never hurt again, like you hurt that first time.