Apparently this phrase has been used by the Marine Corp for many years. Not sure where I've been, but I had never seen or heard it until today. Or, I did but it didn't register. So today I was at the gym, moving and grooving on the elliptical, listening to my Pandora dance cardio station and I see this on a tshirt. "Pain is weakness leaving the body." I read it over and over again as the guy wearing the shirt is running on the treadmill in front of me, Taio Cruz's Dynamite blasting into my ears, and I had a moment. It was all I could do to not break into a fit of tears right there in the middle of the gym. This must explain then why kids with Juvenile Arthritis are so strong. Pain leaves their little bodies ALL THE TIME. So if this is true, and why not, then if all this pain (insert weakness) is leaving their bodies, then what is left? STRENGTH. It's kind of ironic considering that even if these kids wanted to, they can never be a Marine. But, they are just as strong as a Marine. It's just a different kind of strength.
I decided right there on the spot that I too would adopt this philosophy. I am going to work out like it's my JOB. I am determined to make my body strong, lean, mean and healthy for Jenna "Bean" (hahaha, that rhymed!) and all the other 300,000 kids just like her that can't.