“This is the sound of all of us, singing with love and the will to trust.” – The Wailin’ Jennys
The Internet is an amazing place. Thanks to a few friends who kindly shared a recent post, it’s reached more people than I ever could have imagined. According to one comment, it’s even on someone’s fridge (blush).
I am surprised and honored and so very grateful that this message has resonated with dear friends and people I don’t know alike. And moreover, I feel inspired and hopeful that there are a ton of people out there who are living this message — walking the walk and talking the talk — for themselves and for all of the little ones who are watching.
It’s become very clear to me over the last week that this is not just my message. This is so many people’s message; I just happened to write it down one night before going to sleep. There is so much more I didn’t capture about what makes exercise such a beautiful thing. One reader told me she crosses out “to lose weight” on fitness studio paperwork inquiring about goals and writes in “TO HAVE FUN.” Another person talked about the need to re-frame what it means to work out — expanding beyond “training for marathons and skiing” to include things like “tossing bales of hay, turning the compost, doing water aerobics, faithfully doing your PT exercises, or simply walking the dog” (SO AWESOME). People commented about foundational fitness giving them the physical and mental strength to battle illnesses and setbacks. And dozens of men posted about this being an important message for little boys too (I agree — it’s one I try to teach my little boy every day alongside my daughter).
So thank you all for taking the time to read this blog, and most importantly, for all of the ways you are being the change you want to see in the world. I started this blog about a year ago as a personal project guided by my long-standing belief that “a woman’s health is her capital,” and as it’s evolved, I’ve found myself coming back to the theme of taking care of yourself so you can take better care of other people. It’s my hope that this little corner of the Internet thrives as a place for inspiration and ideas and dialogue about what it means to be well — disrupting what’s not working and holding fast to what is.
I can’t wait to see what we all come up with.