phuu is Tom Ashworth

Physical and Mental Exertion

17 May 2016

If you’re the kind of person that does hard exercise, do you find yourself comparing one particular struggle to another?

“This is hill is hard, but that one last week was bigger so I must be able to keep going…”

I do, and the same with coding:

“This code is hard, but that problem last week was way more complicated so I must be able to do this…”

I’ve also found myself comparing physical exertion to the mental equivalent in code:

“These tests are fucked, but that hill was massive and my legs were really hurting, so just fucking get through this.”

I sort of thought everyone did this, but it turns out perhaps they don’t. If you’ve never thought about it that way maybe it’s useful to you?

Let me know.