I Quit Activity a Year Ago. I Don't Miss It.

November 18, 2021


 I've been a life-long exerciser. I have a number of exercise-related stories, but I can't share them here. Go to your local gym and ask your friends if they’ve seen me. If they haven’t, look at the pictures online of me. I’d rather have a video of me doing something than a photograph. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’m just not that interested.

Some people love being active, others hate it. I have never liked the activity, and I know plenty of people who like it and hate it.

I have a hard time justifying it. But there are lots of good ways to manage your time, and there are ways to exercise that don't involve a gym. For example, you can take public transportation or use your cell phone to keep your body moving throughout the day.

Many people are just unwilling to admit that they don’t enjoy themselves. I know plenty of people who love being active who hate doing it because it makes them feel like a failure if they don’t enjoy it. They feel they need to prove something to others and so they take up activities they feel are not part of their culture. I know it’s a common trap because I’m guilty of it.

What's the problem with you?

If you feel like you need to prove your culture and your personality, then you need to do something that requires more effort and dedication and you have to be open to the fact that you may not enjoy it and that you don't like what you are doing and that it may not be your thing.


Some people are naturally introverted and don't like to do anything that requires extra effort. We need to be more open to this. We need to accept that we may not love something that we are doing and that it may not be our thing. Instead of blaming it on ourselves, we should be focusing on helping ourselves, and not letting others tell us what we can and can't do.

I have a friend who has been very much a member of the "I quit activity" club for more than a year.

When he did the one-year thing he never looked back. He seems to have gotten into the habit of thinking that he is a bit of a loser and that everyone else is a bit of a loser too. And, he is, in a sense, right. I just have to remind myself that there are other people that have quit an activity as well.

But, to do this we need to realize that most people don't feel they are losers when they quit. So, let's not make it a lifestyle choice. Stop judging others, and take up a hobby or sport that you enjoy and that you can enjoy for the rest of your life.

It sounds like it's pretty simple to do.

You just need to realize that many people quit because they are lazy, and that this is a totally valid reason. When you take time to yourself, your brain works a lot faster and you are probably more creative. You can also quit because you need to get a job. The reason you need to stop and work, however, is that you need to spend more time doing things that are really important to you.

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