In Part One and Part Two of this series, 'Like a Rock', I shared my journey of self-discovery around nutrition, health, and renewed fitness. I really appreciate readers taking time to send comments and questions. I'm still getting through the notes, so bear with me as I get back to everyone.
Welcome to Like a Rock - Part Three.
You read that I was heavily involved in social media, podcasts, blogs, and directly with authors and speakers on the topics of diet, nutrition, health, and fitness. These mediums played a pivotal role in my journey and where I have landed today. At times it was information overload, but as I discovered more about myself, I was able to filter through pretty easily.
I even had multiple appearances on a few podcasts as a guest sharing information around my experience with fitness and nutrition. I've been on a few podcasts more recently, including: Plant, Run, Family, PaleoRunner, and Ironman Year One. Check them out! I really appreciate the hosts of these show bringing me on and providing a platform for me to share my story.
These virtual interactions and opportunities provided me the exposure to many other folks that had similar stories and experiences - I found a connection with many.
I hear people shun social media as something that just distracts people from 'real' interactions and relationships. It's almost 'cool' now to not be on Facebook. I get it - It's cool to do what everyone else is not doing and sure, nothing is better than sitting down face-to-face with someone and engaging in good conversation.
But social media is a whole new dimension that makes available to us the same benefits of a face-to-face interaction, just with more possible frequency, more avail and with broader group of people with diverse experiences. Plus, no one forces you to use Facebook or Twitter. You are in complete control over how you use it. If you see something that doesn't interest you scroll through and move own.
Social media honestly helped change how I viewed and interact with others, everywhere. And in all ways...
I used to get annoyed when people would share stories about their weight loss, nutrition, and fitness success. I was judgmental and critical as I questioned methods and attempts to be healthy. As you can probably tell, I've changed my outlook on those type of success stories! I now love to hear about others and the path that brought them to success, as they've defined it for themselves.
This change in attitude has not only transcended my 'health and fitness world', but carried over to other aspects of my life. I simply find it more rewarding to interact with people. I'm no longer as selective with the people I attach to nor am I as introverted as I was couple of years ago. I've learned to find the best in people and attach to those attributes. I've stopped ranking the perceived weaknesses of others against my beliefs and attitudes. Everyone is on their own journey.
Through all these changes I've discovered one common thing: My authenticity. I've found it after almost 43 years. It took some time for me to understand it, but's it's there. I've found what makes me work - emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Physically - I'm healthy and fit. I no longer struggle to find energy and keep from being too tired. I'm without my seasonal allergies, and do not miss the headaches when I wake up each morning. My body craves healthy food now, however, I still enjoy the occasional stray from my healthy regimen, without guilt or feeling uneasy. My performance in athleticism is nearing a peak that will hopefully last many years.
Emotionally - I'm connected with myself in a way that allows me to connect with others on a deeper, more real level. The judgement is gone (...for the most part) and I do not waste energy trying to mindfully outdo other's intentions or actions. I now allow my emotional investment in my actions, intentions, and relationships with the confidence that everything will be as it is meant to be.
Spiritually - I now have outlets that provide sanctuaries for the un-found thoughts and unknown intentions that I may experience. This is through my expression in writing, my expression in endurance sports, and exploring my relationships for sharing and comfort.
I put these to work each day; and my days mean more now - each of them!
In my day job, I work as a banker helping folks manage their money while helping them plan for and executing life-changes - this pays the bills! I'm also a personal trainer and coach - this pays my passion! I'm a hockey coach for my oldest son's hockey team. It is so fulfilling to see kids achieve their best and gain confidence through sport. I see and experience the same when I help coach my younger son's baseball team. My world is all coming together.
I'm developing a renewed connection with my wife. Debby has been my partner for nearly 15 years. She has accepted me and all my challenges, growth, and successes. I will strive to give her all that she has given me.
There is still work to do. And on I go.
It's amazing that all this self-realization, discovery, and change can come from one bad experience in a lake, where I felt like a rock.
But rocks, too, can change. They can be shaped, but only over time. Small changes can adjust the form, color, and texture of a rock, but only through consistency. They can be thrown aside, or transformed into representations of love, achievement, or longevity.
Like a rock - not a bad thing to be.
Thanks for reading!