New Year's Resolution: Stretching
By: Melanie Lidman, University of Maryland
January 3, 2007 12:14 PM
As any athlete will attest, your body can always stretch farther than you think. It's only when you stretch with that extra push, the extra "UUUGH!" when you reach further than you thought you could, that your muscles become stronger.
Everyone has a comfort zone -- that physical or psychological space where you feel comfortable, in a familiar place with familiar faces. But this New Year's, instead of making a resolution, I issue a challenge to my generation and myself: to stretch beyond that comfort zone to horizons you never imagined possible. Do something scary -- watch a horror movie alone in the dark, try that ski run that has always eluded you, volunteer with a community you have been nervous to interact with before.
Take that trip to distant lands even though you can't afford it, join the water polo team you always wanted to even though you can barely swim. Put that extra "ugh!" into everything you do, and do it now.
Stretch beyond your limits, because stretching helps you grow. It makes you stronger, and if we all stretch farther than we thought we could, we will all be stronger in the new year.