I spent the weekend with my family! Normally this is for a big happy occasion, like Thanksgiving, Christmas, weddings or family reunions. Unfortunately, we also get together for funerals and memorial services and this weekend sadly happened to be one of those times.
It is always great to see my extended family. I did not grow up seeing them very often and do not have a particularly close relationship with them because we had a family business that often kept us from attending events. But I love my cousins, aunts and uncles and of course now there is another generation with all of us having kids! It is an unruly and boisterous bunch. What I have come to love is that we can catch up and tell each other about our current life but there is always chatter about what shenanigans we got into as kids too. These always start with, “remember the time when….”
But at this not so happy event one of my younger cousins, Erin, told me that she has been following my Fitness Journey posts and she gave me the kindest compliment. She said “I have been following your posts and you are such an inspiration. I love what you write and how passionate you are”. I was SO surprised that she felt this way, and that she told me this. I was flustered and very bashfully accepted the compliment.
As you know if you have read my bio, I have always (still) struggled with my body image and large Dutch frame. Erin is a beautiful person on the inside and out. She is stunningly gorgeous and has a degree in Kinesiology and knows a lot about the human body and exercise. It was mind boggling to me that she would feel this way about me….little old me! This only went to prove to me that you can and should be passionate about your life and “career” and that being self deprecating does you a disservice. You don’t know who you are reaching and inspiring as you go about your day to day business. So be confident in what you do. Be joyful in your life and consider that the people who are watching, reading or hearing you will be inspired if you passionately express yourself!
The other message I took away from my weekend was that I do not come from a very healthy gene pool! My paternal grandfather passed away at age 57 from a heart attack, 2 uncles and one aunt also have died from heart attacks, my dad had a heart attack at age 67 (as did my mom), and a few of my younger cousins have already had heart by-pass. Plus we also have the dreaded cancer in our history. I have always known that my family medical history is not great but as I ruminated on all of this, I realized that not only did I get into this line of work because I am passionate about helping people but I am also passionate because of my family history. I am going to do everything in my power to combat against heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer.
So, not only do I want to be an inspiration to others, I also want to inspire myself. To do all and be all I can be for myself and my family. Consider thinking about who and what you want to inspire in yourself and others as we begin 2017!!
In health and fitness,