By Martin Malo
Triathlete Martin Malo has penned a funny little love letter to endorphins, the hormones released by the brain to preserve the body during episodes of intense physical stress, like endurance racing. With serotonin, endorphins can have several effects. They reduce anxiety, create a feeling of euphoria, relieve pain, boost energy levels and partly explain that feeling of wellbeing after a tough workout.
I’ve wanted to write to you for a while to tell you what you mean to me and how you make me feel.
It’s strange: we’ve been acquainted for most of my life and I’ve really, truly gotten to know you in the last five years, but I’ve never taken the time to tell you, Endorphins, how great you make me feel. You know, everyone should try their luck, get more active and finally meet you.
You fill me with an amazing energy. You are my rose-coloured glasses. You channel my frustrations. Thanks to you, few challenges seem insurmountable. You make me want to take care of myself and eat better so I can stay active and spend even more time with you! I think I may be addicted to you, Endorphins.
But even so, your effect on me and my relationships with others is beyond positive. When I heard the insane number of people who need antidepressants to smile, I knew how lucky I was to share my life with you, Endorphins.
I want to spend all day with you, even when I’m not working out, but I respect how you want our relationship to work.
I just couldn’t live without you.
I love you and I look forward to the rest of our life together.