The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

QOTD – Yeah… But Why?

I already knew who he was before he introduced himself.

His was a story that had already inspired me.

We stripped the 45 pound weights off the bars, stacked them, pulled the 35’s, checked our math, double-checked the tournament organizer’s math, and reloaded the bars for the next event of Crossfit Primal’s Garage Games Melee.  While we worked we talked.

And he shared a bit of his story.  Why he started exercising. Why he joined crossfit.  How long he’d been working with one of our trainers before he even attempted to lift a weight.  He concluded with, “it’s a lot bigger than just this,” while gesturing to the weights in front of him.

To say he was overweight would be an understatement, but knowing where he had come from would make any such comment petty, shallow, and completely missing the point.

I had heard his story at a Maximized Living seminar on Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle choices.  Sometime after the birth of his youngest child he was experiencing shortness of breath and went for a checkup with his doctor.  Quite bluntly, he was told that if he did not make some serious and severe lifestyle changes he would not be around for his child’s seventh birthday.  After the very real, very human struggle with denial and helplessness he made a covenant with himself to work his hardest every day to  make the necessary changes so he would be there to see all of his children grow up and to be a positive healthy role model for them.

As his words, which, sadly, I cannot remember well enough to do them justice,  were being shared with the audience their was a collective goosebump and throat lump swelling over the crowd.  The feeling in my heart combined with the looks in the eyes of nearly everyone in the crowd suggested we were ready to accomplish nearly any metaphorical, hyperbolic feat.

“If your why is big enough, the how is easy.”


An English teacher in my building has a sign on her door:


“You are here!  But Why?”

A very fair question.

A question very few people think about.

What are you doing here?  Why are you doing it?

Do we only do what we must do?  And if we are doing what we must do, why must we?

Why are you here?  Why are you in this room, this state, this place, this life?  Mentally, physically, emotionally, why are you here?


Smart people often quote Mark Twain:

The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you figure out why.

Some days I feel driven, motivated, and clear of heart, mind, and body.  The universe is clicking and I know what I am doing.  Some days I find it difficult to drag myself out of bed, off the couch, or even into the shower or clean clothes.

Some days I know exactly why I am here.

QOTD – You’re alive.  But why?

About Jamaal

Lover of words, liver of life, director of theatre, keeper of keys and grounds at Hogwarts. Twitter: @JamaalAllan

One comment on “QOTD – Yeah… But Why?

  1. Simon Manyapye
    June 20, 2013

    Life is like a good cooked meal, to be enjoyed will theirs still some of it lift in a plate called our bodies. Their comes a point when we have eating it all up and o matter how much we want more its time to sleep(die) only to wake up and have a mid-night snack(going to heaven)

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