Last night my son who is playing soccer did not want to go to his soccer practice because of the high temperatures and humidity. I said you have to go because it is very likely there will not be very many players there anyway and the practice would probably be cancelled.
We went and lo and behold the coach showed up with his son , and we were the only other ones to show up. In fact the weather cooled down a bit by this time and there was a breeze so it actually became pleasant. However the practice was cancelled , but while walking back to the car I said to him the most important thing that happened tonight is you showed up. In life you gotta show up.
Today my back went out and with back brace and pain I went into work tonight. It wasn’t busy so they just said go home and get better. I would have stayed if they needed me like I have other times in other places when I had no choice but to stay due to lack of staff. But at least I showed up tonight.
Sometimes when you think of backing off and saying to heck with it you gotta just go and show up. I reminded my son that I showed up for work just like he made the effort to go to practice last night. Good habits need to be ingrained early. You make the commitment to be in a certain place and no matter what , barring a major emergency , you should make every effort to show up.
In life you have to show up and participate. That is what it is about.