I told you about my gym joining thing a little while ago and, if you're a regular in these parts, you'll probably know that I play the drums. Well the gym has become a regular feature of my week and drumming still is. And it was while running, or multi exercising or cross training on the cycly whirly half running half cycling thing, to give it its full name, that I pondered on the way I run in life.
You see I've figured out that when I go to the gym twice a week or less it's the same as when I practice the drums less, which is the same as when do anything I like less. Which is to say that the effort, when things become less frequent, all goes into keeping me standing still.
I used to think that any drum practice I did was moving me forwards in the direction of being a better player. Well RD, life isn't like that.
The waters of life are moving continually backwards and, in order to just stay in the same position, we have to do some swimming. I know that this talk of running in reality, running as a metaphor and swimming could get highly confusing. Well, it would to me, but you're probably smarter.
The plus side to all of this is that it's when I go to the gym three or more times a week, when I manage to practice drumming a good few times a week, as I'm doing now, that's I really feel and notice that I'm progressing and advancing. And then the practice and the gym going become a little addictive and infectious.
When frequencies are less and I'm running to stand still it feels flat and boring. When you push yourself that bit more and start running to move, that's when it's cool and satisfying.
Just thought I'd share that thought with you. Sorry if it doesn't make sense, I was in a bit of a rush to get the thoughts in my head out, you know how it happens.