“On my refrigerator is a colored 5×8 card that simply says “Train everyday to Live” its been there for many many years and on many many different refrigerator’s. It was a simple sentence said to me by a Ranger in 1986 training for the Best Ranger competition. It was never about being the best Ranger it was for him about being the best HIM he could be. Training everyday in the things that matter is the key to strength , health and happiness. It is my truest belief that the day I stop training is the day I start getting old, the day Ill start to die and I’m nowhere ready for that.” – Tom M.
Why do you train?
Some pursue an aesthetic goal, six pack abs, bigger muscles, and slimmer waist lines. Others train for sport performance. Most of us aren’t body builders or professional athletes, so what is the reason behind your training? Theres a lot of talk reagarding your “why”, the reason behind what you pursue, not just “what” you are pursuing. With anything you pursue in life, the reasoning behind your actions must be strong. If its a weak “why” then you will fall off the path to self improvement. So, why do you train? what motivates you? Brad, author for the site, touched on this in his piece “My Motivation”, his “why” was guided by his daughter, and the fact that his career may put him in harms way. He has stayed true to his “why”. He has began to train in Jiu-Jitsu and has become quite the formidable opponent. Whatever your “why”, whatever your reason, it must be strong. The pursuit of anything relating to your improvement is one of drive and action.
Why do I train?
A while back my Father in law, told me of a quote he heard when he was a Ranger in the U.S. Army. “Train Everyday to Live”. He is a man who truly lives the Martial Way, always learning and moving. He has seen the worst in people and the best. He has traveled the world as a warrior, with experiences and challenges that would break the average man. Yet, his glass is never full. He’s always looking to fill that glass. He is currently learning a new form of Karate, Isshin-Ryu, at age 62. So, the quote stuck with me “Train Everyday to Live”. What struck me is this, the word “live”, not “survive”, but “live”. How many of us truly understand the word “live” and how many of us go day to day to “survive”.
We live in a time in history where the average life span is nearly 100 years. How many of those years are spent living and how many of those years are merely surviving. Ive seen many people in my time with a beating heart and I wouldn’t consider them to be alive. Just because your body is taking in oxygen, doesn’t necessarily mean your living. To me a person who is alive has the ability to move and act as they please and they live in a state of “awe”, always looking for new information, looking to inspire and improve. Yet, there are many out there, absent any major illness, who still do not embrace that freedom. Many develop excuses as to why they can’t move, or choose not to. The less you move, in my opinion, the less you live.
Think about the amount of us that spend a large amount of time saving and investing in our retirement. Yet, how many invest time and money into their health and longevity? Will you be well enough to enjoy your retirement? Will you be able to move ?
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop”- Confucius
The other day I saw a man, who appeared to be in his 60’s, running with his adult son, who looked about my age. I noticed the ease in his stride, Similar to his son who was half his age. This man didn’t allow the status quo from keeping him from this run. Even when the majority of men his age are nearly immobilized, he decided that wasn’t going to be him. He trained to live, he didn’t allow his age, his schedule or excuses to drive him into a life of inaction. The ability to run, hike, bike and move with my Boys throughout their lives is what motivates me.
If you don’t move past what you have already mastered, you will never grow
Many of us get stuck in a certain mode of training. This could be “globo” gym style workouts, running, or even a martial art we’ve mastered. It seems we often train and train only to get “comfortable”, but in comfort lies complacency. In complacency we forget to find new challenges and collect new information. So, we need to continue our quest for new training that’ll make us better or give us a tool that may help further down the road. In finding new challenges, we continue to live.
I train because if I want to run, I can. If I want to hike, I can. If I want to play baseball with my boys, I can. I want to look at everyday as an opportunity to become better, faster, stronger, smarter.
I don’t want to just “survive”, but “live”. This is training to live. Its training to surpass what you have already mastered. Training to go beyond existing. Training Everyday to live.