It’s kind of a weird thought to start the beginning of the #JustD0ItJune #EveryDayActiveChallenge with the advice to never give up. However, I have a good reason. I give up when something is not easy even sometimes giving up before getting started. Let me adjust that statement, I USED to give up.
Last night was a perfect example of how this mentality has changed in me. I tried something new, Latin Fusion, which I was later told is my gym’s version of Advanced Zumba. The instructor took the stage and spent the next hour making love to himself in the mirror and thoroughly enjoying watching himself move to the groove, never once noticing the struggling newby or showing the class the basics of the steps.
I was angry…livid in fact. Even with many years of dance class and just as many years in group fitness classes, I had no clue what the instructor was doing. The regulars in the class tried very hard to show me what I should be doing.
My anger was on my face as if it were painted in place. Every time I would catch a glance at myself in the mirror, I would see that horrible straight line of my pinched lips and think, “Good God, Woman! Fix your face!” But then I would realize that the momentary glance also left me lost to the class’s momentum.
The thought sprinted through my mind in the first five minutes of class, “I am LEAVING! This is ridiculous! I will NOT stay here and be humiliated!”
Then I started having the rational thought conversation with myself. You will not give up. That is no longer your impetus for life. So what if you aren’t the best. So what if you look ridiculous. Whether you hit every mark or sway with the beat in the most attractive way, you are burning calories and being active. You are changing your life for the better.
If you’ve been on social media at any point in the last few years, then you have seen the Meme with the morbidly obese person walking. The catch-phrase says, “You may be slow, but you are lapping the person on the couch.” It’s cheesy but true!
You may not be the best at it, but just don’t give up on trying to be better at it.