I look in the mirror feeling gloomy. I know I’ve gained weight and despite pretending I haven’t, I feel bad about it. I don’t have a choice. I go back to work.
Life in a startup is stressful. It doesn’t have to be but nobody’s ever told me. It’s a continuous grind, a never-ending cycle on an emotional roller coaster — one minute you’re on top of the world, the next fifty-nine you’re down in the slums feeling worse than ever.
They say that it’s good for startup founders to workout; it gives your brain more oxygen and allows for more mental acuity, but who has the time to? It’s always easier to sit and read about the things you should do, but a lot more difficult to actually do it. And if I couldn’t get myself to workout before the startup, what makes it likely that I will during it?
“I don’t have a choice,” I say. But truth is, I do.
I do have a choice. I chose to sacrifice working out so I’d instead have more time to work on my startup. I chose to neglect my family and friends. I chose to work in the startup.
It’s not that I don’t have a choice; It’s that I’ve already made one and am unwilling to bear the consequences of my actions.