Is it me, or does it seem like there is a lot of this mentality going on in our world lately? And if you have noticed this, are you just about completely fed up with it like I am?
There are lots of areas that I see this happening in, but one of the main areas I’ve really noticed lately is within the exercise realm. I’ve mentioned briefly that I practice Bikram Hot Yoga, which I completely love. One of the main things I love about it is that they truly are judgement-free. It doesn’t matter where you are in life, whether you have any experience with yoga, what your weight/height/health currently is, they welcome you in and make you feel so comfortable. The teacher reiterates over and over that yoga is a PRACTICE, it’s not perfect. Every time you come to class your body is different, and sometimes it’s feels easy and sometimes you have no idea why you came. But no matter what, after class, there are fellow yogis there encouraging you and congratulating on a great class. For me personally, this is what keeps me going back week after week.
a Bikram yoga class
However, just because I love Bikram yoga, that doesn’t mean I think it is for everyone or that I think my workout routine is better than someone else’s. But I get on Facebook or Twitter and see comments and statuses that just make me cringe. Instead of building each other up, they call those who don’t do their form of exercise “weak,” “fat,” “lazy,” etc. They even talk about other forms of exercise as being lesser than theirs (“well, this isn’t Zumba, we actually workout!”). Excuse me?! I’ve done Zumba and it is exercising! I’m pretty sure all forms of dancing are considered exercise. So what if it isn’t the form of exercise you do? Why does that matter? We are not all the same — we have different personalities, beliefs, hobbies, etc. so why would the way we choose to exercise (if we choose to exercise at all) be any different? Some people love to run, some like weightlifting, others like yoga, and some don’t like exercising at all. And you know what? That is their choice and who am I or any one else to judge them?
When I searched “judging” in Google Images, this saying kept coming up over and over. Does it disturb you as much as it does me?
So instead of tearing each other down, how about we start building each other up? And not just with exercise, but with all aspects of our lives? I know that exercise might be trivial in comparison to other things, but that’s just one small area that we can start with.
Just thought this picture was cute.