Do the Hard Thing: A Study in Contrast

The Gritty Me: Don’t stop.

The Other Me: I think I should just intersperse walking and running.

The Gritty Me: You are going to intersperse walking and running- after you run for thirty minutes without stopping.

The Other Me: Interspersing walking and running is very healthy. Probably better for me.

The Gritty Me: This isn’t just about your body. Finish what you started. Do the hard thing.

The Other Me: There is a bear on my back. I feel heavy.

The Gritty Me: Are you in pain? Sharp physical pain?

The Other Me: No.

The Gritty Me: Then keep going. Don’t stop. Be Stronger…. Also, change your playlist.

The Other Me: Fine.

The Gritty Me: You have three minutes left. Go faster.

The Other Me: Faster? What?

The Gritty Me: Three minutes, that is just one song. You can do it.  Don’t hesitate. Speed up. Do it NOW!

The Gritty Me and The Other Me in unison:

Four – that’s how many years it took me to get through the lesson That I had to do it all on my own

Three – that’s how many Hail Mary’s they would pray for me Thinkin’ I was gonna end up all alone

Two – for second chances that you’ve given me, Can it be, lucky me, lucky me, now let’s go

One – it’s what we are, it’s what we are

Are we all we are Are we all we are

We are the people that you’ll never get the best of

Not forget the rest of, rest of (Ooohhh)

We’ve had our fill, we’ve had enough, we’ve had it up to here

* * *

We are the people that you’ll never get the best of

Not forget the rest of, rest of (Ooohhh)

Cut to the future, sing it loud, and take the power back

(from All we are we are- by Pink)

The Gritty Me: You did it. How do you feel?

The Other Me: Like a badass.

The Gritty Me: You’re welcome.



Creating new habits. Letting go of bad ones. Pushing past resistance, past what we are comfortable with to achieve a goal. These things are hard. And straight up- running is hard.  The above dialogue is one that often goes through my head when I attempt to run. It is why I think developing an exercise habit is good not just for your body but also for your mental stamina and endurance.  That gritty voice that pops into your head and tells you to “do the hard thing.” It grows and gets stronger the more you call upon it.  It bleeds into the rest of your day telling you, “do not to hesitate, push harder, keep going, be strong.”

This post was inspired by Daily Post’s Writing 101 class Day Seven:

Today’s Prompt: Write a post based on the contrast between two things — whether people, objects, emotions, places, or something else….Today’s twist: write your post in the form of a dialogue.

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