So you've probably seen this meme floating around on the internet the past few days...
I will admit that I love a good meme and so I chuckled the first time I saw it. And then I saw it again... And again... And then a few more times.
And now it's my turn to call bullshit.
Because since when have we decided that ridiculing people for trying to better themselves is a good idea?
Ouch. I hope I'm never one of those people who sets a goal for themselves and has people actively wishing for the day I give up on my goals.
I will admit, yes, that overcrowding in the gym is obnoxious. And I've been there, frustrated by the masses of people and irritated by the lack of available weights or treadmills. I've had the thought cross my mind that if I just wait it out, things will get better. This year though, I'm going to look at it differently.
These people are there because they want to be better. And who am I to knock them down from trying to achieve their goals? I believe it was the great Rocky Balboa who once said...
Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.
Too many people complain about busy gyms in one sentence and then turn around and in the next wax poetic on the sad state of affairs of the health of our nation. Of climbing obesity rates and unhealthy habits. And yet, when we as a country resolve to do better, we get ridiculed and mocked for our public declarations.
Ok, you're right. You don't have to wait. But what's wrong with wanting to start with a "clean slate?" What's wrong with picking a starting point and planning to move forward from there?
Veyr few things in life happen without planning and forethought and picking a date, however arbitrary, helps people prepare not only physically, but mentally as well. You find me a road race that says "Just start somewhere on this street and finish whenever..." and I'll show you the worst organized event in the history of running. EVERY JOURNEY MUST HAVE A BEGINING. And who am I to judge what day that begining should occur on.
This year, I will make my own resolutions. Some of them will be the same as last year, because, for a variety of reasons (READ: excuses, but that's just me judging me) I did not make all of my goals for 2014. But that's the great thing about resolutions. No one says they have to change. There is nothing wrong with starting over, setting your sights on a goal, and working to achieve it.
I hope all of you "resolutioners" out there are successful in 2015. Take this opportunity to prove all the haters wrong and that setting goals and doing what you need to do to achieve those goals is admirable. And may we all be supportive of each other in our journeys this year. There's enough Negative Nancy's out there. We got this.