7 Years of a "Happy Place"

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

 

 

"SA has given me the ability foresee being active for the long term not just for now. My plan is to be this strong and agile twenty, thirty years from now when it really matters. I want to age gracefully, athletically and hopefully on my terms, physically."

 

I apologize for the hiatus in publishing the awesome essays that came in to our Shoreline Athletics Essay Contest back in July (the school year has been keeping me busy!).  This next submission is from long-time member, Tricia Anderson. The last month, I have been filling out "The Common App." to recommend my students for colleges.  One of the questions that this application asks is, "What are words that come to mind when you think of this student?"  I love this question.  Firstly, because it asks for words, not limiting one to mere adjectives, but also it forces the author to be concise; you have only a few words to be poignant.  Well, if I had to chose three words for Mrs. Anderson, they would be these: perspective, consistent, and positive.  

 

Tricia has perspective like I rarely see.  She understands her limitations, and sets realistic goals.  She also always sees the "bigger picture" when it comes to life...so what if she has one, or maybe three crappy workouts in a row??  In the grand scheme of things, this is no biggie.  

 

Secondly, Tricia is consistent.  She has been a member for over seven years.  She works full-time, is mother and a wife.  At times, she has even been injured.  She still shows up week after week.  

 

Lastly, Tricia is probably one of the most positive people I know.  It probably has a lot to do with her perspective (weird, right??!!).  Hey!!! Instead of me telling you about her positive spirit, why don't you read about it??!

 

        Shoreline Athletics has given me a community of like-minded people who have become good friends in and out of the gym. I am eternally grateful to SA for providing the environment to meet such wonderful people and families to be a part of my life. We all seem to have the same goals and enjoy encouraging each other in the gym and out. It is refreshing to be in the company of active people who have the same lifestyle as me. I love to eat, party, and I love to WOD. SA has also given me personal growth in confidence, agility, endurance and so much knowledge. The experiences and lessons that have been bestowed upon me are priceless. I’ve learned the importance of treating my body like the sacred gift it is, and to make wise food choices everyday. I’ve learned to know the difference between a cheat meal or cheat moment before going off the deep end, until the wheels fall off and you’re starting all over. SA has given me the ability foresee being active for the long term not just for now. My plan is to be this strong and agile twenty, thirty years from now when it really matters. I want to age gracefully, athletically and hopefully on my terms, physically. At SA, I am able to challenge myself and celebrate my accomplishments, even in the smallest of measure. I started at SCF to do what most people do at a gym: to get “in shape”. I laugh at that now because what is the shape of a human being? We are all so different. My SA experience has gone so far beyond getting into "shape". This has become a state of mind. It is a part of who I am and who I will always be. Being at SA isn’t about how much I deadlift; it’s about who I need to be to take care of my family. My son was four when I started and I was turning fifty. I knew I had to be able to keep up with an active little boy while he grew up. I had to be available for the ones I love without sacrificing myself. I have to take care of me too. Without a healthy me, the lives around me would suffer, and I couldn't let that happen. I’m a mother, wife, daughter, friend, sister, niece, aunt and more. At the end of the day, I am fulfilled, exhausted, and look forward to what tomorrow brings. And after seven years, I still get excited to see what the WOD will bring tomorrow. Cleans, squats and jerks...oh my! I like to call the hour and half at the gym my happy place. It is my sanity, my solace, and my sanctuary. This is my time to be selfish and to focus on me. I push everything else away and focus on my time to enjoy every minute of wall balls, burpees, KB swings and believe it or not, running. With the support of the dedicated SA coaches and meticulous programming, I can continue to improve to be the best possible me I can be, regardless of any limitations or age. I am grateful for everything that Shoreline Athletics continues to teach me. All of these wonderful gym experiences, hi-fives, fist bumps, friendships, challenges and family festivities would never happen at a generic gym--never--only at Shoreline Athletics. They made and continue to make this magic happen each and every day I walk in the door. So, from me to you; thank you Shoreline Athletics, thank you so much for everything!

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