So speaks Henry the 5th before the Battle of Agincourt on St Crispin’s Day, October 25, 1415, in Shakespeare’s Henry V. It’s a famous speech, made more famous by allusions to it throughout literature, cinema, music, and television.
I played water polo all through college, and even though a decade has passed since then, I still feel a bond with those teammates. There are only a few still in town and I haven’t seen just about all of them in years (Greg A being an exception), but, as Henry noted, there is something about shared battle that cements friendship. Team sports engender that kind battle-born camaraderie. Most shared hardships do.
Really hard training, can’t do another rep, can’t take another step, heart is about burst, just let me embrace the floor with my back, kind of training also births serious camaraderie. You just empathize with someone more when you both have shared that kind of misery.
At the box I have the pleasure of watching friendships begin and grow. The box becomes more than just a place to work out, it is a social club where the only currency is effort and character. With every drop of sweat dripping beaded from your brow, every extra repetition, every added pound, every second stolen from the stopwatch, you grow closer to the people around you. You start off celebrating PRs together and you end up celebrating births and marriages and graduations and new jobs and life.
Yeah, we band of brothers.
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