Your alarm goes off. You reluctantly hit the snooze button, roll out of bed, and start brushing your teeth. You pick out your outfit, take one last look in the mirror and head downstairs to get your coffee on your way out the door. When you walk outside you notice the sun is shining, birds are chirping, and you wave at a neighbor walking their dog. You go to a job that you interviewed for and got because you wanted to pursue it. You could grow within your company and get promotions based on your performance. When you go home you can eat what you want, drink what you want, and watch as many episodes of Friends you want. You can do anything your heart desires and that is what it means to be an American.
Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence said it is the peoples’ inalienable right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. It is our rights as Americans to pursue what we believe will make us happy. If you are unhappy with your current situation, you have the ability to make a change. If you don’t like the clothes you have in your closet you will have the ability to change your wardrobe. If you feel like going out to get a deep-dish pizza you can go and get a deep-dish pizza. You may be looking at this post and saying “yeah this is all normal everyday stuff what’s your point”? Although we have the benefits of freedom, we must understand where they came from.
A. Philip Randolph said “Freedom is never given; it is won”. The American Revolutionary war of 1775-1783 was the war that tore us away Great Britain’s rule and allowed us to have our independence. Throughout this time, we lost thousands of Americans that shed their blood for us to be free. Throughout history we have enjoyed the freedoms of men and women that have dedicated there lives to keep us safe. There is no way we as civilians can come close to the sacrifices that they have made on our behalf. However, we have days that we honor them and events that we can participate to show our support and gratitude for all they have done and will continue to do for us.
Every Memorial Day we honor the memory of those that made the ultimate sacrifice. One workout that we do is the “Murph” which is in honor of Lt Michael Murphy. If you are unfamiliar with the work out it is a mile run, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 squats, and a mile run. You are doing this workout with a weighted vest 20 pounds for the men and 14 pounds for the woman. This workout was a famous workout that Michael Murphy would do as a form of exercise in his routine. When we look at this specific exercise, we can find that each component has a special lesson in it that embodies what it means to be an American
You will have times when you fall. Sorry to be the one to drop this spoiler on you. Life is full of times that will have you on the ground. You will be on the ground, beaten, and out of breath. However, you are not defeated unless you decide to stay down. We as Americans has a since of pride that will not let us be defeated. We always seem to draw strength from something that is important to us. Whether it is from our family, our core beliefs, or the very amendments that our very nation was founded upon. We find that strength and pull ourselves up no matter what.
The Push up
What is you can’t pull your self up? You are face down and have nothing to reach for. All you can see id the ground and everything seems hopeless. That is when you must draw strength from a different source and draw strength from within. When you are on the floor and cannot find anything to pull you up, you must put your hands on the ground and push yourself off the ground. At the end of the day you are responsible for you and nothing tells that better than the push-up. Put your hands on the ground and get up like I heard in Rocky IV, “I didn’t hear no bell”.
Squat is a common movement. You are standing with your feet at shoulder width apart, bend down breaking the plain below your knees, and stand back up again. Our values have never changed, we still stand up for freedom, we still call this land the Home of the Brave and Land of the Free, and we still stand up for our fellow man. Through out the birth of this great nation we have had the same foundation. We are so passionate about these values that we have engrained them into our future generations so they can pass it on as well. When you are passionate about something you want to share it with everyone, and this is the common theme throughout our history. This will stand the test of time and is what makes us proud to be Americans.
This work out is special to me. My father is an Army Ranger. While he was fighting for our freedom he had been shot at, blown up, and put through unimaginable circumstances. My dad made it through Afghanistan not because he wanted to go out and see the world, he wanted to keep the values that we all enjoy in this great nation. To the army he is a purple heart decorated war hero, but to me he’s dad. I look up to him because of the values he stands for, what he has continued to teach me, and how he made so many sacrifices for me and my family. I am doing this workout for my dad and the many other soldiers that have made sacrifices along the way. They have done so much for us, let us give back a small part. Time to get on your vest, chalk those hands, and get to work!