For me, strength training was a life saver.
You see, for the most part of my life, I didn’t have a single ounce of self-confidence.
It all started when I was a scrawny kid and my peers would taunt me because of my lazy eye. Each remark/joke about my birth defect made me feel like I was something less. The jokes, and the negative self-talk that spawned from that, would chip away at my self-confidence levels.
So by the time I was in high school, any sign of self-worth I had, was washed away like tears in the rain.
Without any self-confidence armor on me, I was left open to attacks—I was bullied, frowned upon and humiliated, even by some teachers.
While others were enjoying the life and doing what normal teenagers do (socializing, first kiss, partying, etc.), I was locked in my own prison, wondering if life was worth living.
Things looked grim, until one day, I came across an essay called “Iron and the Soul”, written by Henry Rollins.
It was this essay that inspired my interest in strength training and to become the strongest version of myself. I could say that this essay saved my life.
Every time I read this, I feel this strong urge to go bench press a bus or squat with a boulder on my back.
If you need some motivation in your life, then I urge you to read this.
This essay by Henry Rollins was originally published in Details Magazine in 1994.