Morning Classic(s)

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are-

As a little dude, I grew up doing what I was supposed to do (this is my side of the story), when I was supposed to do it, following a largely unconscious – persistent script about what it meant to live one’s life. Not just play but excel at sports, go to school and become edumacated, start a rewarding and vibrant career, get married to the woman of my dreams (this happened) and have a few kid(s) for good measure

As a self-described “athlete“, I did a lot of running, picking up heavy things and moving them around, competing at all costs, ignoring injuries, bragging about results, sticking within the status quo like many of the blogs we will read today However a string of serious injuries in my mid 30′s made me rethink everything I had thought about both competing and what I was doing with my life more broadly.

At the same time I had discovered seva, karma yoga, mindfulness, rediscovered my love for cycling and enjoying nature. As I began to playnot compete outdoors, my friends and family would often say “let’s ride here, swing a kettlebell if we like or maybe a spot of yoga?” and most importantly: Smile, Laugh and have Fun. And that’s all I’d want.

Being authentic hasn’t come easily to me, and I’m still working on it, although it’s changed how I think about this inspiring world we call home.

Notes:

Being open to new paths, new ways of doing things, formulating new perspectives, creating your own melodies: these are the “things” that life has truly taught me, and continue(s) to teach me to this wonderful day.

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11 Comments on “Morning Classic(s)”

  1. Susan says:

    Bonus points for using “edumacated.”

  2. What a wonderful way to be.

  3. tootallfritz says:

    I also liked the reference to “edumacated”. :)

    Great post about being open to new things. I’ve pretty much discovered, thru my injuries, that I have lost my drive to be fast & compete. I am more about just enjoying the moment now, even if that means that I’m running with thousands of “friends” in a big event with lots of miles to conquer. I’m very happy with just being part of something, enjoying my surroundings and not feeling pressure to perform. I know that sounds like I’m settling but it really isn’t. I’m getting more out of my life by not being constantly disappointed with a less than stellar performance or not reaching that goal that is so high that it’s almost unrealistic.

    • CultFit says:

      Edumacation is a a life long endeavor. ;)
      I really like where you are heading in regards to your thoughts and your spirit. You have a few events coming up that i feel you are going to have so much fun in, take care and be well!!!

  4. Authentic is the best but there are definitely lots of obstacles trying to keep us from getting there. I like what you said about being open to new paths. In the spirit of being authentic, at the same time we have to say “no” to things and people that veer us in a direction away from who we are and want to be.

    • CultFit says:

      Saying no has always been difficult for me. Having read your kind comment a few times, I have been thinking – this is rare, please take note of this! Saying no opens a lot of doors we may have never been able to walk through before. Saying no is hard and takes a lot of courage. And i’m just talking about being a parent! Take care tonight and thank you so much for stopping over. :)

  5. Lyndz Brooke says:

    playful, but not competitive* I like that.