Wise Words From Mom!
Words from over 40 years ago still hold true today.
Happy Mothers’ Day!
We are fast approaching 2 years of Sunday editions of The Physical Movement. Hard to believe we are almost at 104 weekly newsletters. This is edition 103. Thank you for reading.
Over the last 2 years, some articles have been read more than others. One of my favorites is last year’s Mothers’ Day edition.
Before I share that with you, I wanted to share my own wise words from Mom:
The words resonate with me still, over 40 years later:
“You did not workout today did you?”
In 1981, At 16 years old, I had started going to the gym to rehab my shoulder and strengthen to play ice hockey. I had already had a few bumps and bruises, was almost 6 feet tall at the time but, predictably my muscles had not caught up to my growth! I needed to get stronger if I wanted to keep playing at higher levels, and boy I wanted to play at higher levels! (that is another story for another day!)
What Mom said to me that day has stuck with me since. She noticed the difference in my mood on workout days versus non workout days. Significant enough to let me know. I can only imagine what I joy I was to deserve that feedback!!
My time at the gym led me to a part time job there. Doing fitness assessments and onboarding new members. It allowed me to build my knowledge, experience and confidence in a physical activity setting, and gave me another outlet (in addition to hockey) that allowed me to focus at school. I was better for this outlet.
That lead to choosing a major in Physical Education, which led to 8 years teaching and coaching full time prior to a business career in fitness equipment and education.
The wise words back in 1981 were not only accurate, but prophetic in the sense that all these years later I am a way better person with regular physical activity in my life. Most people in my life would still agree with Mom’s assessment.