Working out on the holidays, especially Memorial Day, stopped being about burning off the days barbeque food when I started doing hero wods. Hero workouts were created to honor fallen soldiers. These work outs are brutal. They symbolize the sacrifice our service men and women make for all of us. Hero wods have also become a way for me to honor all of my friends and family who served our country.
It's a small way to pay respect, but it is a way to remind myself how blessed I am and how hard others have worked to give me a really good life. The men and women who serve are faced with psychological traumas and physical injuries that can change their lives forever. They take on that burden and they do it well knowing what could happen as a result of their service.
My hopes is that I can eventually help Veterans with these struggles through therapy. Until then, I'm going to keep plugging away at this doctorate and these hero wods and be inspired by the selflessness and self-sacrifice of others.
To all the Veterans, thank you and we honor you.