I’m writing you today because Facebook has informed me that we’ve been friends for ten years now—all of which I am extremely grateful for. I’ll never forget the first day I walked into my new gym and read your name on the whiteboard. Since then, we have come a long way, you and I.
As you may recall, our first encounter was a bit awkward. “Never again,” I remember saying to myself, “just not my cup of tea.” We are told you can only make one first impression. Thankfully, we gave each other a second chance. Thankfully, we didn’t give up on each other.
One of the first lessons you taught me—one that I will never lose—is how to breathe.
“When the going gets tough,” you said, “the tough breathe harder, and then get going.”
Like all your lessons, I did not come to its meaning my first attempt. I might have died three times fighting against myself, running from the uncomfortable instead of leaning into the pain; dealing with struggles through the power of breath and focus. You taught me this!
I bet you’re really blushing now, but I’m not quite done my good friend Burpee. Your friendship means a lot to me see, so I have to explain. A second lesson you shared with me is as important as the first.
“Above all else, no matter what the case, no matter how tired, weak, or down you are, get back up.” As I’ve found out first hand, the more I get knocked down, the more practice I get at jumping back to my feet. With this practice comes proficiency, and the recession of fear from falling again .
You see! You have been the best friend. This is why I write you today; to lift your spirits. People may not understand you my dear friend, but I do.
One last thing before I go. I want to thank you for your final lesson. You may not realize how important it has been for me, so I should mention it here to you now. It seemed silly at first, but it’s a habit I’ll probably never break.
You said, “Applaud yourself for your hard work! Jump and clap for what you have completed, because if you don’t finish well, why finish at all?”
Burpee, it has been ten years since we met and this letter, if nothing else, is my applause for you. You are much more than what meets the eye; you are a blessing in disguise. Breathe through discomfort, pick yourself back up, and finish well are the things you’ve taught me. Like all healthy relationships, every time we meet I learn something new about you, and also about myself.
Ah! I almost forgot, I have some good news for! I’ve decided to move closer. We can be neighbors, and see each other every day if we want! Burpee, you and I have grown close over the years, but you can never learn enough from a true friend. I look forward to seeing you more often, as I hope you feel the same. Until then, take care.