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Work Vs. Play

I began lifting weights when I was about 17 or so. The initial four months were hell, I had this end goal: a perfectly chiseled chest, 6-pack, and the whole shebang! Every workout was something I had to push myself to complete and desperately work towards that goal. Many, including myself, tend to apply that same mindset to school, work, or even chores. “Just gotta push through this paper/shift/dish and eventually I get my degree/money or be able to relax.” I began asking myself, “Can I really keep this up? Maybe I could do it for a year, but 5? 10? Nah Starcraft is much more enjoyable.”

It wasn’t until about a year into working out that I noticed I stopped having to go the gym, and just started going. I’m not saying it just became apart of my routine, I’m saying It became a part of me, of what I love to do. I wasn’t having to go, I was making time to go, I was obsessed. I even stopped training for looks and took up Powerlifting instead. 3 years later, I still don’t have that huge chest, or even a six pack(I have four, if the lighting is right:D),however I do have massive legs, I actually have to get my jeans tailored to fit properly. Some would say this is a failure, all this time and still you haven’t gotten huge, I would say it is a success. Here’s why: I love lifting, I will probably do it till the day I die or lose my legs in some tragic accident <knocks on wood>, I’m also very strong and healthy, and I love it because of one subtle switch. I stopped chasing some vision of an end-goal and started paying attention to the present. I’m not saying it’s bad to have goals, but don’t get trapped and attached to them.

So how can you apply this to the “lowest of the low,” school work? If you’re not yet keen on ‘playing’ with that essay due midnight, then start with this. Tackle it all one-by-one. In other words, that first paragraph is the only one you will ever have to write, ignore the rest, and when you finish that paragraph, start with the next “only one”, but never let the thought that there is 8 more to go, just focus on the one you’re doing now.


I am 20 years old and reside (for the most part) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. I am on my second full year of classes(one year I took a single class as I was working). I have, however, recently moved to Prince George’s County and take my classes almost fully online for the exception of one short class at Takoma Park MC. I plan to finish my associates this fall or winter semester and transfer to a 4-year with an associates in General Studies.

Montgomery College has been my main occupancy for the past 2 years and I believe it’s also been the setting in which I’ve transformed and grown as an individual the most. I won’t say that the College is fully responsible for my change, but it has been a nurturing environment for me to trip up and fall down a couple times. Whether the issue was medical, personal, or economical. MC has been a forgiving institute, that I can say is unique to any 4-year. I feel that if I didn’t take my first steps at MC I wouldn’t be in college right now. I’d be in the army. Hmm, don’t the say the pen is mightier than the sword anyway?

So what now? Well I hope this introduction can show you a little of my background, as I am not a deeply personal man, I actually don’t talk about myself much, even less do I complain. Yet, I see this blog as accomplishing a task greater than a self-dominated diary of my experiences. I want this blog to persuade you to, if you haven’t decided already, to enroll at Montgomery College, I promise you won’t regret it.

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  1. Hi Jake – my sons also fortunately are ‘obsessed’ with the gym and healthy eating, which is a great thing and quite a 180 from when I was that age and taking a sedentary desk job, having marbled steaks and Coca cola
    was all the rage, We’ve come along way baby – at least in health consiousness! You are 100% correct that you just have to start and suddenly you find you don’t feel ‘right’ if you did not hit the gym. Not only are the physical benefits good, but I think the mental and emotional well being may be even greater. This will affect your school outcomes in a positive way and your future.

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