Pumba

Running Diary, Week Ten: Less about me

I’m like Pumba (of Lion King fame, obviously), I’m a sensitive soul.

After last week’s series of posts I’m feeling a bit emotionally raw and introverted so I’m not quite in the mood to share again, even if it’s “just” about running. However, since I’m in the process of developing good habits, hence the running and the writing, I’ve decided that the most important thing to do is get out there and do something, even if it doesn’t seem like much. As a result, this week’s diary doesn’t have much to do with me or my progress but instead focuses on people and their blogs that have unknowingly helped me along the way.

Yoga Girl aka Rachel Brathen – there’s not really any way I can say this that doesn’t make me sound like a donkey so I’ll just go ahead and say it: I’ve been practicing yoga for a few years now but up until recently, I would never have called myself a yogi. While I LOVE the physical and psychological benefits of this exercise I’ve never really subscribed to the philosophical teachings, particularly the positive affirmations. It’s not that I disputed them; they just seemed a bit cheesy. Well, maybe that’s not the right way to phrase it but a lot of the mantras we had to repeat simply didn’t ring true to me or carry any significant emotional weight. However, since starting this blog I’ve begun to follow social media accounts that focus not only on exercise but also community building, and something has changed. With Rachel in particular, I have to say that girl knows how to make you feel welcome. I’ve found myself reading her posts mostly through Instagram and felt comforted and welcomed to the Yoga Girl community. Her philosophy is based on positivity, not necessarily in the traditional sense of “let’s find the good in everything” but more in embracing the fact that at different times in our lives, given a set of constantly changing circumstances, things might suck but you are exactly where you need to be. Even a year ago I might have looked at the Yoga Girl community and thought, “yeah the yoga seems great but this thing isn’t my jam” but something has shifted and now I want to embrace it all. Seeing Rachel’s posts have surprisingly given me comfort and encouragement when I’ve needed it.

The Misdaventures of a Darwinian Fail aka Krysten Siba Bishop -After having been fitted with a pacemaker at the age of 18, only to follow that up with a double mastectomy a few years later at 26, Krysten started her blog four years ago as a way to create support for others in the community. While she’s very successful, Krysten doesn’t list full-time blogger as her profession, so she still has an extremely relatable quality in that she seems like one of us: someone trying to balance health and fitness, career, family and friends, as well as projects like her blog. However, what’s different is that she seems to do it with relative ease. The fantastic thing about Darwinian Fail is that it all feels so real. I mean, of course it’s real – this is Krysten’s life – but where her talent lies is in the way that she translates her own experiences onto social media and still maintains a sense of being a grounded, living, breathing person. I’ve even tweeted her a few times, and she’s always been so polite, making sure to respond. Krysten is both the cool girl you’ve wanted to be friends with for awhile AND your oldest pal.

Anyway, that’s it for now. My brain is feeling a bit fried so Imma end it here (haha, it took me so long to learn how to properly use “imma” and Annette will testify to the fact that I’m incredibly dense when it comes to picking up contemporary vocabulary). I’m in a strange mood and may take an extended break over the long weekend to recharge. We’ll see how it goes.

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