Last year, I began to lift weights more seriously. My heaviest weights at the time were a pair of 30lbs dumbbells. I struggled with them in the beginning, but over time, as I grew stronger, they went from my heavy weights to my medium weights. Today, my heaviest are a pair of 40lbs dumbbells, and for most exercises, they’re heavy enough to make me work. For a few, though, they’re starting to feel light.

I became stronger through consistency and perseverance. Lately, I’ve been growing lazier and lazier in other areas of my life, from writing and reading to playing my guitar and keeping up with my chores. I can attribute some of that to the coronavirus and the lockdown from earlier this year but not all of it. The rest of it is on me, and I have to do better. I want to do better.