I guess it is something to be proud of when people are always mentioning “you workout a lot huh” “Do you do Crossfit” “Are you a fighter” (probably now the most common two lol and I get the weirdest answers to why they assume that first oh and no, I cross-train and chased the other for too long ooh touchy subject so I just fight bs lol) or are asking, “what’s your sport”? I don’t mean that to sound arrogant by any means (to be honest, I am SO done explaining myself so take that however you want :p) but I do get that quite a bit. I’m not jacked or super lean or tiny or blah blah blah but I guess I look athletic, whatever. Others after I respond to their questions either roll their eyes not believing me or think I am one of those one-uppers or tell me that I NEED to be focusing on just one thing but sorry to say, my sport is the sport of life. Sometimes I lift heavy stuff, sometimes I push and pull and throw things, sometimes I do BJJ, boxing, muay thai, capoeira, sprint, walk, crawl, swing from things, climb, cartwheel, dance…am I an all star at any of these, well not so much I suppose but see above AND most importantly, I am having fun. Keeping your body and mind on the edge is good for you and leaving your comfort zones is one of the best ways to achieve this.
Unless it is a paid job or sponsored sport that I need to focus on ONE thing, really why would I NOT just be doing as many of the things I love or maybe hate but at least I try it once!!! If it is my “job” I will do my job otherwise my job is just doing what makes me happy overall. I think that most people would be a lot happier if they got out of their bubbles and did new things more often in more ways than one. Sure you will find that you gravitate back to certain things more than others but shit, stop being so damn fearful and boring and go live a little would you?!? Take chances. Risk falling on your face both literally and figuratively. You don’t need trophies and awards from others. Hell if people knew the things I did when no one was watching…lol!!! But I don’t care. I do for me and my reasons and that’s all that really matters. I find that it helps to help others in different ways too because you are exposed to so many things, learn from so many people. When I am “told to do and focus” and it pays my bills or feeds my vision and passion, I will, but until then…
Remember that at the end of the day only YOU should be dictating how your life should be but if you aren’t trying new things you will never really know what you really want, I promise you that. Yes this is a bit metaphorical in the sense of movement and other aspects of life (relationships, careers etc) but it just works.
I will randomly do some fun things like I did with the TO Pro Show and most recently the Tough Mudder for me. To just push my comfort and test myself and while I may not be the hottest one on stage (although I sweat a lot so I must be at least tepid ahahaha jk) or the one who masters ALL of the challenges, I show the fuck up and be uncomfortable. This is why I like doing so many sports and activities too because it allows me to “play” with so many different people and I love people and movement!!!
I am not sure that I made any flow with this post but the moral of the story is we are meant to move, play, challenge ourselves, become a community and the only way to do that is to be uncomfortable every once in a while (or a lot if you’re anything like me lol) Below are some pictures and some video of me to show you just how much FUN it is and how happy it can truly make you to step out and step up. It is good for your ability t recover, be resilient in life to challenge yourself, fall, get up and repeat. Everything doesn’t have to be so damn serious all of the time and with the right people on the same wavelengths, stuff still gets done but you have a BLAST in the meantime
Our before shot than our after shot at Tough Mudder (and if YOU want to get ready for one of these, hit me up and I will help):
Me with the AMAZING people I am learning from (when I can get it in :p) at http://www.sinhabahia.ca/
To the MANY others I am learning, playing, teaching, training etc with, I love you just as much…I just don’t have pics or vid lol.
Do whatever makes you happy