"I started inconsistently working out at age 16 for high school football. It wasn’t until a direct family member of mine was diagnosed and eventually passed away to cancer that I took my physical health seriously. Given that I’m a type 1 diabetic, and was overweight, I knew it was time to start taking this seriously. I’ve always loved to lift weights, I love to work hard, to put my nose to the grindstone. I take solace in pushing my body to its limits, and I rejoice when I notice progress towards my goals. Each day I look forward to getting in the gym, not thinking about any other life stressors for the 2 hours which I dedicate solely to myself.
I never thought I’d strive to be a bodybuilder, in fact I always thought they were fools in pursuit of vanity. But it’s not like that, not at all. Bodybuilding is an art form of the purest medium, it is your art and yours only. It is so much more than slamming weights around in a gym for 90 minutes a day, it’s become more important to me than I would have ever imagined.
“No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training... what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” - Socrates
That is why I do it, because health as well as life itself is finite, not reaching your potential (not just in bodybuilding - in anything else applicable to your potential as a human being) is a disservice to yourself. You owe your body that much to at least take care of it. Push your limits and it will reward you more than you ever thought possible."