We all squat. Most of us even love to squat. We try to squat several times a week. We goblet squat, back squat, front squat, speed squat, air squat. We pause squat…ah…yes, we get in the hole and we sit there for a count. We sit in the bottom of our squat for a 2, 3 or 5 count. We hold the air squat for 20 seconds and then we rise out of the hole.
We squat, and add weight to the bar until we cannot rise again. We put on one plate, then another and we find get in the hole, and rise out of it. We celebrate the successful rise to a standing position. On the way up, we occasionally let out a primal scream to remind ourselves that we will rise victorious.
The squat is basic to life, it is essential to moving well. The squat is today, and tomorrow. The squat is the test and reminder that we must always fight to stand.
We are reminded of all the weight that we carry on our shoulders and the burdens we bear. Our struggle is not in loading the bar and standing tall with it. It is getting into the struggle of life, finding the hole with all the weight and choosing to stand up again. Life is not about getting in the hole, but fighting to get out of it.
How long can you fight against the weight wanting to keep you down? How long can you push against the weight of your commitments and concerns and stand tall? How much can you handle before the primal scream comes out of you and you stand tall. Accepting the weight that is on your shoulders that you must squat?
And what if you fail? What happens if you cannot stand?
Do you simply quit? Give up? Try again? What happens when you cannot get out of the hole?
You re-rack the bar and slowly start putting the plates back on. You load up the large one’s first. Your priorities…like faith, family, work, then you add on the smaller one’s until you get to the point where you see you have a few things sitting on the floor that you just cannot carry right now. You leave them there. They are not going anywhere. They will be there when you are stronger. So you let them rest. You learn over time what must be on the bar and what MUST be left on the floor so that you can squat again.
You learn what must be left behind so that when you are sitting in the hole, you fight, you stand and you conquer.
Then you look at those smaller weights…maybe once you are out of the hole and the bar feels a light, you can try adding it back on!
What are your biggest weights, smallest? What do you need to leave on the floor so that you can rise out of the hole?