If you’ve been to the gym in the last couple days, you probably have heard me quoting or singing “The Greatest Showman” a lot.
That movie and soundtrack is so powerful that as I write this and reflect I tear up.
It’s impact on me hit hard, it hit home.
Growing up I wanted praise, I wanted recognition for the hard work I have put in to my life. I wanted to be noticed for being able to climb out of really dark places (overweight, depression, anxiety, pain killers etc.) . When I was a full time hair dresser I made money that most 21 year olds still don’t make today. The things I wanted weren’t necessarily wrong, but they were driven by the wrong purpose. I wanted to show off, I wanted to make others feel less than me. I wanted others to feel my pain, what I went through. I was going about it all wrong, I was doing what had been done to me.
Now years later things start to make sense. Life has been teaching me many lessons, some very hard to accept others easy to adapt to. It reminds me of what we do here in the gym. There are good days, there are bad days. What you do with those good and bad days is what matters. How you see things, perception, makes a big difference. I heard at a soul cycle class not too long ago, instead of asking why is this happening to me, ask what is this trying to teach me. The instructor Madigan was sharing her own experience with all of us. That’s when it hit me a little more. Experience is the greatest teacher at times. Until we experience failure and success it will be hard to learn truly what our purpose is, what your purpose is.
Back to the greatest showman. It follows the journey of PT Barnum who had a wild imagination, but it taught me that we are only limited by what we can dream/imagine.
What kind of life are you imagining for you? What are you doing to create it?
Within the walls of CrossFit Paradise, our goal is to create the freedom that lets your dream big, so you can manifest and work out the things you need, so you can figure out how to get what you want. Really figuring out your purpose with the support of a community that wants to see your success. Like me back in the day, I didn’t have what I had now which was a community that showed me that wanting fame and fortune isn’t necessarily bad, but knowing why I want it. A small part of me still wants it, but the reasons now are different. I want to be able to impact more people, I want to be able to reach more people, and I can do that if I put myself out there to be seen.
Find your purpose, find your reasons, and come sweat it out and work it out and let us help build it together!
I’ll end with some beautiful lyrics from “This is Me”
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me
Love, Coach Miguel