Like most people, I’ve previously worried a lot about what people thought. I was very aware of it but never had the strength to rise above what I thought people were thinking. This impacted my ability to go for walks outside which I was very ashamed off but it was easier to live with that shame than the one of being outside worrying what people thought of me out exercising.
I’ve finally got it through my thick skull that not only do people generally not even notice but if they do, they usually think (like I do when I see someone out walking) “good on them”. Once I broke that barrier, I’ve been out walking every weekend and kicking myself for waiting so long to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.
So then I decided to kick it up a notch (with the blessing of my physio and trainer) and start running. Only short intervals at first and usually down deserted tracks but this weekend I’ve hit a new level of “bugger what anyone thinks” and have been out running the streets. I’m under no illusion that my running style is less than glamorous and is quite often reduced to a shuffle but who cares? I’m running! I don’t care what people think, I’m running and I love it. And JFDI doesn’t say anything about being glamorous or gracious!
Now I’m trying to think of all the things that I haven’t done for fear of people’s opinions. Bugger opinion, I’m rockin’ this fitness thing instead. Any ideas?