** Since this was written, Anna and Joey have CONTINUED to show an incredible amount of progress. I am so honoured to be able to witness and contribute to their success on a weekly basis – Christina **
You know how they say it’s the little things that matter? That life is made up of a whole bunch of moments, and that some moments are greater than others? I know it sounds cliché, but I do not know how else to describe the impact the Boomers Program has had on my family and I without writing a novel. So here is my attempt to frame it within a few paragraphs.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most.” – Marianne Williamson
Have you ever watched a video of a child’s first steps? Usually it is accompanied with the enthusiasm and pride of the parent. They know their child can do it, and they give encouraging words. My parents were like that with me, and never imposed any limitations on what they thought I could accomplish. I don’t know the exact reason of why I lost sight of that, but as my parents grew older, I found myself wanting to “protect” them. I had in the back of my head that they were too fragile to do certain things, especially when it came to movement in the gym. In fact, I would be distracted with my own work out because I wanted to make sure they were “okay”. And moment after moment, they proved my fear to be irrational.
The list goes on and on and is nowhere near finished yet. It was not easy for them, and it did definitely did not happen overnight, but my parents are doing Crossfit…. No joke, they are WOD’ing under the guidance, passion and belief of the Boomers Program. And as the program continues to grow, nothing makes me happier. I can see how movement is so important. I can see the determination in the members’ eyes, the belief that they have in themselves. I cannot say enough how much this has changed my parents’ lives… my siblings… and mine. It has opened up my eyes to recognize the limits that we not only impose on ourselves, but unknowingly impose on our loved ones too. DO NOT LET THAT HAPPEN. Life is too precious to sell ourselves short.
“…We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson