Monday Mayhem: People Watching!

People are watching…

In this day and age, that phrase kind of gives you the creeps, doesn’t it? It’s true, though. I mean, there are cameras everywhere! At special events–birthdays, graduations, weddings–or mundane places–traffic lights, parking lots, bathrooms (selfie anyone?) Let’s face it. This is the generation of visual documentation–of everything! Whether still or moving, life is being captured in pictures and they are worth thousands–of words and dollars–because people are watching. We want to see what other people are doing.

But I’m not here to unpack our need to watch. I’m here to turn the lens, back on us. If we are being watched all the time, my question is what image do we portray? What legacy will we leave? What will be documented by all of the snaps and selfies? If we lay them out before us, what story will they tell?

Maybe we should be organizing our actions the way we organize our term papers–around a central theme or idea–then work towards supporting that theme or idea in every activity and every endeavor so that our story holds together. Then, if people are watching, they may see a comedy or a tragedy. Will they be inspired or disappointed?

If you’re like me, you’d probably like to shun the audience and be left alone with your tragic story, but the reality is, there’s always an audience. Somebody is always watching–kids, spouse, co-workers, friends, enemies, acquaintances, strangers.  You can’t avoid being watched by someone!

I know that sounds creepy, but if it’s inevitable, why not give a good show? No, don’t start peeling out of your shirt, I mean give a good show. Leave a legacy of good. If we can’t dive into our holes and keep to ourselves, then whoever is watching us has the potential to be influenced by us. So, what kind of influence do we want to have on our audience? Do we want to inspire them or depress them? Not that our job is to entertain them, but if they’re watching, we should at least consider that something we say or do will not just affect us, it will also affect them in some way. It may leave an impression, spark an idea–or squash a dream.

Ironically, my selfie could influence someone else’s self. It’s a crazy thought, but because people are watching, it’s true. So, before you post a pic, or spout a harsh word, think about who’s watching and give ’em a good show, will ya? It could make a world of difference!

Happy Monday!

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Get Busy Living!

My sister and I have the unique privilege of sharing our birthday month. Though several years apart, there are only two days between our birthdays, so every year we celebrate together. This year, however, she is celebrating a milestone birthday, which she would prefer I didn’t bring attention to. For some reason this birthday, in particular, has her feeling anxious and her trepidation over this birthday has me thinking about birthdays in general.  I must admit, the older I get, the less excited I am about my birthday too.  Unlike my children who look forward to growing older with great joy, pretty much after 30 growing older became less and less fun for me! Let’s face it, everyone wants to grow up, but no one wants to get old.  But, it’s going to happen to all of us whether we like it or not and as my husband pointed out, nobody wants the alternative either!

So, there has to be a more productive way to look at this birthday thing. If it’s inevitable we have to find a positive spin! I refuse to peer down the tunnel of my future as if it were a deep dark hole of despair! As Morgan Freeman’s character says in the movie Shawshank Redemption I only have two choices: I can either “get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’” and I don’t know about you, but I have a lot more living to do!

So, I see it like this. I’m going to assume that time is like money and I’m going to assume I have at least $100 to spend. I mean, no one knows just how much time they have, but why not plan for the best case scenario? If I’m 40 years old, then it’s like I have $60 left in my account. If I’m 60 years old it’s like I have $40 left. The question is, am I going to cry about the $60 or the $40 I spent already, or am I going to figure out a creative way to spend the money—or time—I  have left?

Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’…

If you’ll excuse me, I have some time left and some shopping to do!

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Happy birthday to me (and my sis)!

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Revamp Monday: Team Captain

Last week I posted a picture of myself working out, but it wasn’t meant to be shameless self-promotion. It was meant to be motivation. It was meant to remind myself and you that we have to just keep going, no matter what! It was also meant to be a metaphor for life. Keep going! No matter how hard “it” is, whatever “it” is. As long as your moving, you’re making progress.

I’m so glad Tanzy is back with us today to tout the same message in this edition of Revamp Monday–enjoy! ~K

 

By societal standards a “fitness leader” is supposed to be an expert. Someone who has “arrived” at their destination and is now able to show others the way. Someone with ripped abs, quad separation and the mental toughness of a gladiator. I don’t have any of those things–not yet anyways and I’m ok with that.

I consider myself more like a team captain. I’m on the same field as you. Playing the same game as you. I have just as much to lose as you. I fight the same opponents as you, have access to the same resources as you. My challenges are similar to yours.  I have a job, family, and lots of bills. I have head aches, body aches and flu-like chills. I have cheat days, game days, long days and great days–soccer practices, science projects and everything is going wrong days. I’m an ordinary woman, just like you! While there are things that I could teach you, I’m still an eager student and life is my instructor.

My job as team captain, is to remind the team of the importance of the game; to keep them on their toes; to encourage camaraderie and morale; to help implement strategies and tactics–a leader,yes, an expert–far from it.

A team captain’s job is to push you, encourage you and inspire you. So imagine me there at the finish line of your next race cheering you toward the end. Imagine me doing push ups with you during your next workout. Imagine me loading the bar with a few more plates, because I know, you’re stronger than you think. Imagine me nudging you to wake up after you’ve pressed snooze. And every now and again this team captain will most likely need a little help from her teammates when she’s just too tired to get off the bench. When the clouds of doubt start rolling in. When the aches and pains are too much to bear. As a team captain I am equal parts teacher and student.  So feel free to return the favor when you see fit.

Thank you in advance.

 

Tanzy Chandler
Physical Therapist

Group Fitness Instructor

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