How can such a simple word hold so much power over a person? These four letters and an apostrophe can break a person’s will in an instant. I lived my life by the code: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me”. Well I found out words are as lethal as rocks and sticks. For a grueling fifteen seconds that seemed like an eternity last night, I had an epic battle with the world CAN’T.
I was exhausted from the long day I had just been through. Starting my first job seemed like it sucked all the energy out of me. While that voice in my head was telling me to just to pack it in for the day, I silenced it by blasting Eminem through my headphones and running on my treadmill.
After my runs, I always do sit-ups and pushups. Every week, I try to increase my sets by five reps. So this night, I was going to do fifteen pushups for four sets instead of ten reps. I pushed through the first two sets easy. However, as I was halfway through my third set, something happened. My arms started to get weak, doing the wobbles like an earthquake was shaking them. I no longer felt the rush of a pump, but instead tiredness. And one word flashed in my head: CAN’T!
This is hard, I can’t do another one. I can’t push myself back up. I held myself in the air for fifteen seconds as these negative ideas popped in my head. This one annoying word is going to stop me from reaching my goals. This isn’t the first time I’ve said it. All the other times popped in my head like a slideshow. I can’t finish my homework, I can’t beat this video game, even I can’t finish this cheeseburger. As I was ready to let my body plop on the ground, something inside me screamed : I CAN.
And my arms pushed myself back up with this new rush of energy. I finished my workout, and didn’t let those four words get the best of me. As I lay in my bed, new chants were echoing in my ears. I can do another pushup, I can get back in shape, I can do whatever I want with my life. I learned something before I fell asleep last night. Can’t is a strong word, but I CAN is an even more powerful phrase.