The other day I returned three chests of drawers to IKEA. They were apart of a massive recall after not meeting Canadian free-standing requirements (make sure you buy the wall anchors, or just avoid buying them all together). Truth is, I’ve been looking for a reason to rid myself of these pieces of furniture for years. With immanent rain on the forecast and returning Tbear’s truck the next day, I was moving quicker than I usually would.
I knew I had to move quick. Not only would I have limited future opportunities to claim money from old furniture, it was almost rush hour. I whipped up and down the stairs/elevator, solo, loading the three of them onto the back of the truck in record time. I remind you I had spent the entire morning on the couch doing some administrative work, so I wasn’t exactly ‘warmed up’. I even managed to entertain a conversation from a passer-by; a fellow Tacoma owner intent on telling me he owns the same one, and then proceeding to explain how to properly install a canopy. I didn’t have the heart to tell him it wasn’t mind, and I genuinely could care less. I hopped in a made my way to IKEA Richmond.
In an attempt to avoid some single lane traffic on 41st Avenue, I made a right onto an inside street. While turning, I hear a crashing noise of sorts followed by several honks from other vehicles. A drawer had violently slid out and flew off the side of the truck onto the pavement. After parking the vehicle and scrambling to grabbed the smashed up drawer off the street I realized I missed a crucial step in my loading strategy; drawers in, drawers in, damn you. Rookie mistake, and this coming from someone who used to move furniture for a living. After loading the broken drawer into the truck bed and ensuring this would not happen again, I leisurely made my way to IKEA, claiming my 400 bucks. I laughed out loud most of the way there, stoked I hadn’t caused any significant damage to a person or someone’s property.
There are a number of areas I could have better prepared, but I wasn’t surprised, nor was I perplexed at how this occurred. The key areas of mistake can be narrowed down to the speed in which I attempted the task, and the time I allowed myself to do said task. If I had allowed my self more time, I would have not been in such a rush, and would have likely remembered to load drawers facing in. If I had moved slower, with mindful control, I would have better prepared myself to do this quicker, with minimal mishaps in the future.
So yeah, it’s like that with our training, and our movement. When we create time to prepare ourselves, we ensure the little things are in-check and reduce the likelihood of injury. We we can move slow, with control, it allows us prerequisite capacity to start moving fast. And sure enough, when we practice and expose ourself to the demands of specific situations, we prepare ourselves for future endeavours.
My past experience allowed 95% of the product to be safely delivered to its destination. My past training towards mobility, strength, ensured I didn’t crush my body loading chests of drawers in a hurry. My attempt to race the clock to avoid rain and traffic resulted in furniture flying off a truck.
Don’t let your body be the flying furniture, or consider taking the necessary time to fly right. Again, and again.
Your local sloth,