In the world of Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and a host of other sites that allow us to view glimpses into other people’s lives without always knowing the full story behind each picture, I felt like posting a little reality. I know I do the social media circuit of workout photos. I’m proud of what I do and my team, and the people I work with.
I also realize that the photos I post paint a very one sided story. I usually look happy when I swim, bike and run (because I usually am genuinely happy). And I am happy when I workout with WAVES. The photos capture a real thing. But what they don’t capture is that working out is 1/10 of my life. I have a family. I have a career. At any given time I have 100 things going through my head. So life doesn’t just stop when I
want need to work out. So I thought I’d give a little glimpse into two recent workouts I had posted.
First – Track workout with WAVES – Kids in tow. Going to the track with me is less of an option for my 2 kiddos than anyone else at the workout. Usually they are good sports but sometimes it’s just not their first choice of things to do on a Tuesday evening. And as much as I try to stay focused on the workout, I do simultaneously play the role of coach, athlete and Mom.
Second, after a week of missed/skipped workouts and disappointment over a race, I need a good tempo run. I needed a good-head clearing, sanity-restoring run. I also needed to work it into being a Mom.
With some conjuring, I got a good run in the Wissahickon as I tried to keep up with my kids on bikes, but my run also included a stop to see the ducks and a quick snack at our half way point. Which, in the end was probably just what I needed since I pushed way too hard trying to keep my kids in sight on the trail.
I started feeling like sometimes photos make things seem ‘too easy’. Nothing’s easy. And nothing worthwhile is ever easy. I think we sometimes believe it’s easier for others and make excuses for ourselves. I know I do.
I can think of many reasons why I should get a ‘pass’ because things are hard. But I can also think of those who have it a lot harder than me that persevere. I believe it ultimately comes down to perspective.
So the perspective I want to share is my ‘real’ life through my eyes. Not just the ups, the smiles and the accomplishments but the trials, the failures and the struggles. I don’t want it to look easy. It’s not. And that’s OK.