You know how “misery loves company”?
I think suffering does too. Not even in a negative way, I think it’s better to suffer together versus alone. Of course I’m not saying if you’re going through something awful, that you wish your peers would go through something awful also. That would probably make you a bad person.
I’m saying a struggle or a burden feels lighter when you have people around that can relate to what your going through. When you’re suffering through something that challenges you, success seems that much closer if you’re surrounded by people that have suffered and survived the same thing. It’s tangible proof, embodied in another human that you too can overcome this obstacle.
That’s why we write our times, scores, and weights on the board.
That’s why we read the previous classes times, scores, and weights.
It’s not to “do better” than one another, in an effort to prove some athletic superiority.
It’s because these are our friends, today they suffered through the same wod you did. They survived.
In the process of surviving the challenge of the day, they may even provide you with a time, weight, or score to shoot for that’s more aggressive than you otherwise would.
And obviously, one of the best ways we get to share the suffering is with the folks that are in our class. At any point during a wod you can look to your left and right and see people that can empathize with exactly what your going through at that moment. Some may be going faster than you, or heavier, or lighter, or slower, or scaling some movement.
It doesn’t matter.
Different bodies require different things to reach the desired intensity level, but they all reach it…and suffer together.
So utilize this advantage that we so often take for granted, you will struggle but you never have to struggle alone.
You know what’s not a struggle? Making these Eggplant Sausage Roll-ups. Boom.
3 lbs sweet Italian Turkey Sausage links
2 large jars of tomato sauce (all natural, no sugar added) or 6-8 cups homemade
1/4 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
First of all lets just clear this up, you will need salt also, and a tablespoon of olive oil. No I’m not counting them as ingredients. Preheat oven to 350.
Peel your eggplants and slice them lengthwise at about 1/4 inch thickness. Lay all your slices out in a single layer on some paper towel and sprinkle salt on them. Let them stand for about 2 hours, after that pat them dry. Drizzle your tablespoon of olive oil in the bottom of a casserole dish. Take one sausage link and wrap an eggplant slice around it, place it in the dish. And so on, until the dish is full or you run out of sausage. Now pour the tomato sauce over it and bake it covered for 60 minutes. remove cover and bake for another 30 minutes. When the eggplant is soft and the sausage is cooked through you know it’s done. Allow it to cool about 10 min, and top with fresh parsley. You can be as simple or as creative as you feel like with this recipe. If you do dairy, plop a couple scoops of fresh ricotta on top 10 minutes before its done baking. Or liven up your sauce by adding fresh basil, thyme, or sage. The real beauty of this recipe is that if you want to keep it 4 ingredients, it’s still a crowd-pleaser.