Don’t Be Afraid to Be the Fool

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February 1, 2013 by mybattlebuddyfitness

The only one laughing at you is you

Written by Melissa Eisner

Today I took a kickboxing class offered at the gym. The class in and of itself wasn’t a huge challenge, all moves I have done a thousand times with my father or my various trainers. BUT, this time, it was more of a dance / kickboxing class. Not pure moves, a lot of moving around in a coordinated fashion. I am not a coordinate person by any stretch of the imagination. Add to that I have zero balance . . . no seriously, zero balance. I jump down when I jump (wrap your head around that). I can barely balance on one leg. So I hear the music playing when I get into the room, and for a split second I think, turn around and go back out the door, don’t let it hit you on the way out. But I know there is no turning back.

I decide to lean into it, and it isn’t so bad. I realize that everyone around me is far more interested in themselves than they are in me. Moreover, I am more interested in me than I am in them. I’m too busy trying to do what I need to do correctly to notice anyone else in the class. Of course, I did attract some attention when I did a jumping kick and landed square on my booty. Luckily the only thing I bruised was my own ego. The class stopped for a second, the instructor came over to give me a hand up, I laughed it off, and then we were back at it. No one stopped me after the class to make me feel badly for falling, no one pointed and laughed.

So don’t be afraid to be the fool. Exercise is about you, no one is going to look and point at you, no one is going to make fun of you for not being the fastest or the strongest or the most coordinated. Try a new class, pick up a new sport. You are probably much better at it than you think, and if you aren’t, the only one laughing at you is you. My recommendation? Laugh right back. Life is short, laugh with it.

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