Broken & Beautiful

10669988_744421535628289_2293628100547385112_nWell, as you can tell, I haven’t posted in a long time.

For many reasons.

There’s been a lot going on both personally and professionally, and sometimes I really just don’t have the right words yet to articulate what’s going on.  Or, I’m just not yet ready to share.  Hence, why I haven’t posted in a while.

Sometimes, it’s better to remain silent, than to just post to post, but have it be forced or rushed through.

My biggest blessing and curse is self-reflection.

Each day, I try to be better than the last.  Sometimes I succeed.  Sometimes I fail.  Sometimes I even take 10 steps back.  Other times, though, I get 50 steps ahead.

It’s an exhausting board game of life.

I was a Psychology major in college.

Okay, okay, let the jokes and sarcastic comments commence now…

I will say, though, that I do thoroughly enjoy the study of people and why we do and say what we do.

People are such beautiful, broken beings!

I am constantly trying to figure people out, including myself.

Really, no two human beings are alike.  I always find it amusing how we try to categorize and label each other.  People really are so complex and individualized, and yet, we are constantly trying to shove each in to containers so that we can better understand each other.

I have been just as guilty of this.  It’s much easier to put people into categories and then write them off as such.  It makes them more predictable, or, so we’d like to think, anyway.

If you’re too quick to label someone, though, you might be missing out on something pretty amazing.

399614_10200983385369849_920439209_nBeing a CrossFit box co-owner, I have seen tons of relationships form in my gym that, honestly, would have never been given the time of day anywhere else!  Relationships that don’t seem to make sense outside of the box, but because we are all athletes here, we have no real dividing lines visible.  We all come in workout clothes.  We all do the same workout together.  We all struggle and survive, and cheer each other on.

Here, we’re just people.  We’re not rich or poor, fat or skinny, cool or nerdy, left-wing or right-wing, religious or atheist, smart or dumb.

Here, we are human beings wanting the same thing as everyone else here ~ To get stronger, healthier, and happier.  To belong to something good.  

The CrossFit gym is one of the few places in this world that brings all walks of life together, and keeps it harmonious, and opens our hearts and minds to others that we otherwise would never give ourselves the opportunity to know.

We are ALL broken.  We are ALL beautiful.

Next time you want to label or judge someone, first imagine them in workout clothes, walking into your CrossFit box for the first time to workout with y’all, and then think about how you would approach them…