Being part of this studio gives me the opportunity to meet new people everyday. I make new friends, I feel inspired and moved by their stories. Sometimes I see them again and sometimes I don’t, either way they provide a moment of inspiration for me as I go through my day. However, there are those returning faces that I see every day for my classes, in other classes and just passing through the studio. These are the faces that provide constant inspiration for me. Especially on days when I can’t seem to find the energy to make things happen.
This post is dedicated to one student at our studio who is truly an inspiring individual, one that I see just about every day. She is inspiring for me, for other members, for her family, for her friends and anyone who has the fortune to meet her.
I first met her last summer in my cycling class. I can only imagine that she was probably a bit nervous about coming into cycling classes taught by hyper young chickies with music blaring, not to mention she was in the middle of fighting a serious illness. Her doctor suggested that she exercise more, but probably didn’t think that his/her suggestion would be carried out with such fervent devotion. She came into the studio with her neighbor, both determined and enthusiastic despite her current circumstance and recent setbacks. I was instantly impressed by her strength and energy; I was blown away by her dedication to the 30 Days to Wellness challenge though. She and her neighbor committed to the challenge together and didn’t miss a single one of their 30 classes. In the midst of doctors appointments, grandchildren and life they never gave up. The challenge came and went, but her dedication to health and fitness didn’t waver. She is walking proof that dedication to overcoming a challenge can pay off and that surrounding yourself with people who love and support you can make all of the difference while doing so. We have seen the physical changes at the studio (she has some serious muscles now and rocks the back row in cycling classes) and reports from her doctor have also been changing for the better. Watching her health improve so drastically and her confidence build has been an unbelievably positive experience for me. Knowing that this studio can offer a place for something like that to happen plays a HUGE role in keeping me motivated.
She, her neighbor and her neighbor’s husband have all become a staple in classes at our studio, inspiring and encouraging just about everyone that walks through the door to stay committed. I hope they know they are a cornerstone of our community, dear friends, and an important part of my life.
Until next time…