I always believed that a community is simply a term to describe the area that you lived in. In my limited time in the blogging world, I have come to respect the fact that the word, community, means so much more than just a grouping of similarly coloured houses.
I decided to make a life change today. I decided that it was time for me to stop punishing my body with junk and a lack of exercise, in order to create a healthier version of me. Let’s call it Me 2.0. There were a handful of things that pushed me towards this decision today, none of which I will be discussing here. The point is that I got suddenly motivated and had no idea where to begin. I’ve had this sudden burst of motivation in the past and it always turned out the same; I would tell myself I was going to the gym but when the time came to actually do it, I would find any excuse to bail out. Then I would eat chips.
Today was different though. I innocently tweeted my intention to hit the gym for the first time in years and something funny happened. Encouragement. From complete strangers. There were no less than 10 tweets from people I have associated with online, each pushing me towards completing a goal I have failed to achieve so many times before. It was probably the single coolest thing that has happened to me on Twitter so far, and that includes the time Wil Wheaton scolded me.
I feel like today could be the day that I go to the free gym at my work for the first time in 4 years. I’ve had this feeling before though..
— Canadian Dad (@CanadianDadBlog) March 26, 2013
And I did it, too. I took all the messages of encouragement, got my ass to the gym and it felt great! When I finished my workout, I sat and wondered why it took me so long to finally do this. It wasn’t that hard and it was made easier by the fact that I was reading the tweets coming in as I was doing it. Community. That’s what helped me get over the first hurdle in creating a better version of myself, for myself and my family. I shared all of those messages to illustrate my point and to my surprise, I received more messages from people who just needed to hear the encouragement, even if it wasn’t intended for them.
This new online community I have found is something that has started to transform my life. That might sound like an exaggeration but those who are willing participants in it will know exactly what I am talking about. It’s one of things where you absolutely get what you put into it and I have decided that I am all in. If a simple tweet of encouragement can make someone feel the way it did for me today, imagine the effect of 10 or 20 or 100 would have. It’s something to think about the next time you see someone innocently posting about a goal, hope or dream, while secretly looking for support.
Community is important. It’s what drives us to be better to each other. It’s what motivates and inspires us to do the things we didn’t believe we could do. I’m incredibly thankful for having found such a great community of people and can’t wait to pay forward all the kindness that has been given to me thus far. Thank You all.
@canadiandadblog DOOOO it!
— Momo Fali (@MomoFali) March 26, 2013
@canadiandadblog You are now accountable to all of Twitter.
— Jen Pinarski (@JenPinarski) March 26, 2013
@canadiandadblog Just do it. Don’t think about it. Just go.
— Shannon McKarney (@zchamu) March 26, 2013
@canadiandadblog go for it! You can do it, you will feel better after and with young kids u want to be around for them as long as u can!
— Dave007 (@dave_dave007) March 26, 2013
— Amanda Jette Knox (@MavenOfMayhem) March 26, 2013
— The Thin White Dork (@jasondfedorchuk) March 26, 2013
@canadiandadblog thank you for RT all of those they are encouraging even tho not meant for me 🙂
— Busy Bee Party (@Busy_Bee_Party) March 26, 2013
@canadiandadblog Feel the burn! No sweat, no reward! Push through the wall! Assorted other macho grunts and cheering!
— Mike Tremoulet (@coffeemike) March 26, 2013