I’ve had a lot of words thrown around at me lately. One “friend” called me a jogger and that hurt. Not sure why. It just seems like the effort I put into my running is worth more than the term “jogger”.
I admit that on occasion I do jog but honestly, if I’m running far enough to slow down to a jog, then it’s probably no longer considered jogging. Cuz really, who’s gonna go for a 15-20 mile “jog”. Whatever. Words. Possibly an honest mistake. Possibly an insult. Possibly I’m overly sensitive. Whatever.
Then I had “the” CrossFit battle with a couple people. My CrossFitting as “strength training”, to get stronger, and supplement my running & biking was seen as insignificant. Maybe to some but it doesn’t seem insignificant to me as I’m hauling my ass out of bed driving cross country to get to a 5am workout. It’s important to me cuz it’s helping my body heal from the inside out. Whatever. Words. Possibly an honest mistake. Possibly an insult. Possibly I’m overly sensitive. Whatever.
Then I think the final blow was yesterday when someone called my fitness a hobby. Really? A hobby? Okay. Let me think about this one logically. I personally consider it a lifestyle where the overall focus is on positive thinking, eating well, drinking my water and having a strong body & mind. I regard my old stamp collection from middle school as a hobby, something that I let collect dust under my bed when I was no longer interested. Fitness though, a hobby? Something I work on 4 or 5 days a week? Something that helps my mind focus on the positives in my life? Something that helps me appreciate nature and my surroundings a little bit more each day? Something that helps me put the stress of the life behind me, even if only for a little while? Is that a hobby? Maybe to some. Maybe it’s something more to me. Whatever. Words. Possibly an honest mistake. Possibly an insult. Possibly I’m overly sensitive. Whatever.
This quote above from Kristin Armstrong kinda brought it all together for me today. I’ve worked really hard the last 7-10 years to purge “the bad” from my life. People. Food. Alcohol. Negative thinking. I try to focus on the good. I try to be positive. I try to uplift those who need a helping hand. I try to do things to make me stronger. I try to be a good example for my children.
I’m just following the path set before me. If that seems silly, or selfish, or crazy …. then I have no words of rebuttal. No words. Possibly an honest mistake. Possibly an insult. Possibly we’re all overly sensitive. Whatever.
** It’s a Lifestyle, NOT a Hobby ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **