I know I’ve said this before but I believe in nothing more strongly than the law of attraction. Today, I think of all the amazing connections with people I have. How blessed I am to have my family, friends, co-workers, clients, parents from my kids’ activities and schools – even if its just a smile and a hello, it warms my heart.
One of my best friends is fighting an aggressive form of breast cancer. We found out only at the beginning of the summer and what an emotional time it has been. Today, I stopped in to drop off a little care package for her. How wonderful that I can come unannounced, walk right into the house without knocking and whisper a soft hello (as to not scare the shit out of my best friend with cancer!). There she was, laying on the couch snuggled up with a big smile on her face less than 24 hours after her fourth round of chemo. How are you I ask? She says, (all peppy I might add) – pretty good! Her eyes were bright, her voice was strong and I could feel her positive energy. Then she hops up and shows me her youngest daughter’s (she has FOUR daughters) project for the fall fair. So proud and unwavering, she is truly the strongest woman I know. If the roles were reversed (and I have questioned the why’s a zillion times over the past few months) I honestly do not believe I could have a fraction of the strength she has. I am so grateful to have her in my life and through this fight she has taught me more than she can know.
It amazes me sometimes how much one day can hold and all the experiences you can have, all the feelings you can feel – just in one short day. I have the honour and privilege of training an amazing young woman who suffered a massive brain injury at the age of eight in a car accident, which also claimed the life of her mother. She has beaten all odds and is now training to compete in the para-olympics for swimming in Rio in 2016.
A short while back, I would see this girl at the gym, working incredibly hard. I had heard murmurs of her story and her drive and determination always kept me in awe. So now – to be TRAINING her – like I said, what an honour. She is always early, she busts her butt and as I look for ways to continue to challenge her, I ask – how was it – that was tough hey? She says, meh – it was alright. I then think – what the hell? She is a machine! She has also just recently written a book. It’s called, “An Unexpected Miracle”, by Jennifer DiPippo. I encourage EVERYONE know to read it – its an account of what living with a disability is like. The emotional brutality that someone endures due to a disability and that all they crave is respect and normalcy. Of course, this is not a huge revelation for someone like myself as I have an incredible sister-in-law with a mental disability who has also conquered mountains through special olympics and athletics. But I have seen for twenty years now the emotional heartache that ensues from worry to protect and provide that sense of normalcy with my mother and father-in-law. For people on the outside, there is mostly a sense of fear, which Jenn talks about in her book. I am extremely guilty of this – even with my own sister-in-law. Some people have a natural talent to connect with these incredible people, I unfortunately do not – believe it or not, I tend to feel intimidated – which I know is very silly. I am one of the ones who has fear. But once I learn HOW to connect, it becomes effortless. I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to do so.
Today was a hectic day. I was ALMOST thankful that the kids were not in school today (yikes – did I say that???). But training clients, connecting with scrambling parents at skating registration and participating in Jessica’s awesome new Tabata class and Josee’s Zumba (oiy – now that was quite a sight – I’ve lost all dance capability – I was as stiff as a board and was the most uncoordinated of all) – I had an exhausting day but I’m grateful for every waking minute of it today.
AND… since I’m babbling on… I just have to add in here a point about social media. Some people balk at the idea. But its an extroverts best friend. I love love love connecting with people and SHARING, I just do. I wear my heart on my sleeve and many times that leaves us extroverts very vulnerable but to me, its worth the risk. Each time I get a message like a “way to go”, or a… “I can braid hair if you need help”, or a call from a friend, or texts, or whatever, it fills me with energy and I love it.
Anyhoo… this post doesn’t really have to do with personal training or nutrition but I felt like I just had so much to be grateful for and I am so very grateful to share it with you!