Friday, June 29, 2012
Inspired by Others
I had the pleasure of running into a wonderful older man in my building the other night after getting back from our evening walk.
He was just incredible.
He was between 55-65 years old. He was hot and sweaty and his face was bright red after coming back from a run. He had his headphones on and a Walkman (remember those?!) attached to his shorts. You could tell he was tired yet energized.
This dude is in better shape than I am!!
He looked at Daddy Lego and I, looked at the smiling faces of Brother and Sister Lego, and told us how lucky we were to have kids because they kept us young.
He went on to tell us that he never had kids, but always wishes that he did because he wanted a family and because he wanted kids to help keep him young as well.
He said that now he has to work even harder to keep his body young, run a little farther, push a little longer.
And it was his positivity that just blew me away. He was happy to do it! It was hard work but he wanted to do what he needed to in order to have a long, vibrant life.
He inspired me more than he'll ever know. He helped me see that my physical well-being is in MY hands. If I want to be healthy and vital and live a long and vibrant life, then it is my responsibility to make it happen. Nobody is going to do it for me.
And you know what? I'm happy to do it, too! Each step I walk, every minute I jog, each yoga pose I hold, will all help me have a happy and healthy body. It's hard work, especially in those times where I want nothing more than to kick back with a good movie, but in the long run, I'll be happy I did it. And even now, I'm happy I'm doing it!
Have a great long weekend, everyone .. Try to sneak in some exercise, if even only for a few minutes - your body will thank you, now, and in about fifteen years! :)