Yesterday we got outside, it was early in the morning and the sun was already hot. There was still some shade as the sun was on the rise. As I waited in the park I was filled with the same emotions I had just a few years earlier starting Heart and Hustle, will they come? will anyone show up? And then one by one over the crest of the hill I saw a member coming into the park, then another, I could hear a distinct laugh in the distance, and I knew that they would all make it.
We started to run outdoor workouts yesterday, it’s the only thing we are allowed to be doing at the moment. It was so nice to be able to be in the same space with our members. For four months now we have had extremely limited contact with our family let alone our friends and yet regardless of how we have tried to connect, the people in our lives always make us feel better.
At first, we connected however we could; from our windows, driveways, facetime, zoom, or even a call. Creativity is born out of boredom and we had a lot of creativity take place in the last few months.
Everything changed, and if it wasn’t for or incredible members the change couldn’t have been as easy. We hosted game nights and events for the kids, cooking classes and trivia nights. There we lots of needed therapy sessions that took place after our zoom classes as well. We didn’t just have to figure out how to teach our children, we had to figure out how to teach ourselves how to live in this new environment. And looking back on the las 4 months we did it, together!
Humans are social creatures; we always have been. The saying “it takes a community to raise a child” probably stems back to dawn of time. It is connection that helps us to understand life, ourselves, and the world around us. We are used to physically connecting with people on a consistent basis. Something as simple as going to the grocery store is filled with human connection, it is a part of life.
To be honest I was hesitant to start doing workouts in the park again (its where Heart and Hustle started over 2 years ago). I have gone through waves of emotions in the last 4 months and It has seemed that on a weekly basis I have had to change my business. Another change wasn’t something I was up for and I battle with the thought of it for a few days but there was something telling me I needed to do it.
When the first two people walked over the crest of the hill and into the park, I knew why we needed to start outdoor WODs. Our community needed to connect, not on zoom or facetime, not from a drive by birthday or a phone call. Physical connection is needed, and even at 6 feet apart, it felt damn good to be in the same space with all these wonderful humans.
Don’t be afraid
Get out to the park and join one of the outdoor classes. There has been a fear instilled in our society, and we all are dealing with it on our own terms and in our own ways.
What I have learned over the last 4 months is that we all have compassion in us, we all value other humans, and we get our power from people. Human connection is vital to our health, we NEED to interact with other humans, consistently. We need to feel each-others energy, become motivated by those around us, and help our neighbours. Happiness comes from within, but it’s those around us that help to bring it out.
Connection is necessary, if your concerned about being around others, its ok, I’ve been there too. It’s weird getting back into society after spending so much time at home. A slow integration is the best approach, and that means being around those you feel comfortable. The park is the perfect place to test out the waters with some of your favourite people.
We have to work with what we’ve got, come and safely see your friends and coaches; I promise you’ll feel amazing for doing it.
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