Almost anything could seem like a good idea if you haven’t done it before. I like to get out of the house everyday and today I felt that lugging a 5 gallon water bottle full of water uphill from the supermarket to my home would be a fulfilling activity.
With my calculations, this water bottle is close to the equivalent of 5, 1 gallon milk jugs which weigh 10 pounds each. I remember this because when I was a kid I weighed a jug of milk on the scale at home. This would be my version of a trek to an African water well to bring back water for the kids except that I’m not carrying it on my head, not walking as far and do not have to worry about hyenas.
I was curious if I could do it or how it would be like. Every block or two, I took a 1-2 minute rest as expected. My goal was to eventually make it back home. I carried the jug in every way except on my head. You get creative and find little ways to alleviate the strain by shifting the weight of the jug by just a little.
On the way, some middle-aged Asian guy laughed at me, as expected but he gave me a thumbs up. I’ve never seen another idiot in my life walking around carrying a 5 gallon water jug.
It actually wasn’t that difficult but it would make sense since there are people out there who deliver these jugs all day for a job. Before I started walking 5-10 km, the idea of having to park my car 2 blocks away from my destination was considered a failure. I was thinking if I could lug this water bottle for just over a mile uphill it would make other tasks that seemed dreadful before, easy.
Before the popular Japanese hot dog eating champion came around, the winners from the previous 30 years were winning with 10 to 25 hot dogs. The first time Takeru Kobayashi entered the contest he downed 50. On a podcast he spoke about how people don’t improve because they set mental limits for themselves.
To be honest, I carried that water jug for something to do and not for the intention of bettering myself besides the exercise. But if it leads to a better version of myself then I’ll happily take that side effect.