So, I’ve been slacking the past 2 weeks, finding it hard to make it to barre class on my usual wed/thurs nights. I’m a dog mom to a high maintenance english bulldog, a wife to a husband with ADHD (that man has my head spinning on a regular), and I have a mentally and emotionally draining job. Some days it takes all the steam out of my engine and I drive home like a zombie. I work for Spectrum Health, in a Rehab and Nursing Center in the Physical Therapy Department. Most of our patients are severly brain damaged due to motor vehicle accidents or major strokes. Another part of our facility houses long term care residents that have medical issues or severe dementia (I love them so much). If I’m having a bad day, I can always count on their sweet, confused smiles and their “I don’t give a shit” attitudes to help me adjust my own mental state. I have a strong passion for the elderly community. I love what I do.
One day I had a brief conversation with a patient. She is 97 years old. She has her shit together, seriously. I asked her how she stays so sharp, so healthy and strong. She smiled, put her hand on my shoulder and said, “I stay busy, honey…. Always moving… Cuz if I sit still, I’ll rust.”
This brief encounter has made a lasting impression on me. If this 97 year old woman can get off her ass, so can I.
I’d like to Congratulate all the babes that completed the Barre Challenge, you all kicked ass. I am constantly amazed by how strong and determined women are. (I mean, we squeeze mini humans from our loins, for pete’s sake!!) Thats pretty damn impressive.
I got a BCB t-shirt for my birthday from a dear friend. Of course I LOVE IT! I will proudly parade around G-Rap in this bad-boy. Its kind of a badge of badassery! I also wore it to class this past weekend. I was so happy to get back to barre, saturday’s class with Cori did not disappoint! She worked our bums off and a few times I was physically unable to move for a few seconds (imagine a fish, flopping on hot cement). Then sunday with Kim was just as intense, per usual. (OUCHYMAMA!)
This week I vow not to rust, to stay strong and keep moving. Heck, next barre class I’ll even use the (gasp) elusive BLUE BALL!
And as always, I’ll see you at the barre….