(A Thank You to my Mom on her Birthday)
Mom was our first real Personal Trainer.
Remember when she made you eat all your vegetables and scooted you outside to play? Don’t you wish that someone (anyone!) had that authority over you now? Someone to make sure you’re in bed early and insist you eat a hearty breakfast. Someone to tell you to get out of the house and run? Someone to keep you on track?
My mom did all that, she made me do things!
I was 10 years old and there was a local swim meet organized at the pool where my brothers and I took swimming lessons. The boys excitedly participated while I sat on the bleachers, terrified. I was a good swimmer but competition was absolutely out of the question for me. I have no idea where that fear came from but I refused to enter.
Fear of failure, fear of hard work, fear of exposing yourself to new activities…..who knows the exact reason we refuse to do new things? We do get stubborn, don’t we?!
As children, it may have been a fear of the unknown. We just didn’t know what we liked and disliked. We didn’t know what we wanted or didn’t want. Mom made sure we tried new things – “hard-for-us” things. But it’s different now that we’re adults, we have choices. And that’s not always so good.
- We like to feel good physically but dislike what it takes to get it, so we choose not to.
- We want to have a great physique and robust health but the work is hard, so we choose not to.
Do we still need our mother to coax and order us to do what’s best?
Back then, sitting on the bleacher, my mom insisted that I get involved in the swim meet; she made me do it. I won my first race and never looked back. That sport became my whole world for many years. Even though I would never be an Olympian I learned so much about myself, my preferences, my abilities and my limitations.
If mom could tell us what to do now, instead of “Go clean your room!” she’d say, “Go do your exercise!” But, that’s not going to happen. You’re the boss of you now. You’ve got to do the work you don’t like to get the life you do like.
My mom was great; she exposed us kids to lots of things that worked out, like swimming competitively. There were many lessons that didn’t work out so well- like, I was never going to be a ballerina, nor pianist nor baseball player. (however, I did play a mean tuba is highschool!)
The point is, my mom made me do it then but today I have to want it for myself.
And now I have the honor of making my mom do it!
The bottom line is, no one’s going to do it for you. You’ve got push yourself…
No matter how old you are, a mom’s wish is to see her child succeed and live a strong, healthy and fun life. Get on the plan, get out and run, join the aqua group, climb the rock wall, learn to surf, skydive, hula hoop……
Do your exercise!
Happy Birthday Mom! I love you!!
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