Are You Being Watched?
Do you think people are watching you? Do you knowingly inspire others? I think most people would say, “Nah”, “I don’t know” or “Maybe?”….but I have a great experience to tell you about, and it’s all because someone was watching.
Personally I do feel I have inspired others to get healthy and get out of their comfort zones with SharQui but what struck me was that a total stranger stopped me at the gym one day in 2013, that made me wonder if I inspired others who haven’t stepped into my classes.
Back when I was living in San Francisco I was rehearsing my routines for the week in the studio at my local gym. To be completely honest I had to rehearse as I was pregnant and had severe pregnancy amnesia. So anyway, as I was finishing up to leave one day, a woman over 60 (which I later found out was a former dancer and teacher) looked at me and said the words…
“I HAVE TO TELL YOU, it’s because of you that I dance again.”
I was confused. Maybe she had mistaken me for someone else, as I’ve never met this woman before. How could she be dancing again because of moí?
She went on to tell me that she would see me practice on the afternoons she was at the gym for 2 years, and that seeing me practice while pregnant day after day inspired her; and even now after 2 children.
She continued to say that after a few weeks of saying things like “I wish I could go back to dancing, but I have bad knees, and I’m too old now,” one day SHE said…”Well…Maybe I can!” Dance was the one thing that made her happy.
So she decided to go to a local ballet class for adults and was able to do half the class, and she felt ok afterwards. The next week she did ¾ of the class, and the week after that she did the entire class. Now she takes ballet class 2x per week and has recently added a jazz class.
She says that going back to what she loves has changed her as a person. She feels better physically and mentally, but most importantly, she feels accomplished.
According to HER, all this was set in motion because I fought the urge to take a snooze and go to the studio instead to practice.
To be honest, still weird for me to accept that SHE was inspired by my own rehearsals. Yet on the other hand, it would probably be hard for HER to accept that I was inspired by her courage to get out of her comfort zone, and start doing something she loves doing again when she thought she couldn’t; no matter how small the steps had to be.
So, the takeway from this is…whether you like it or not, people are watching you! Your kids are watching you. Your co-workers and friends are watching you. You ARE touching people’s lives in some way. You DO amazing things and people DO notice.
Look, Life is tough. We all could use a little inspiration. And the world needs YOU. So…Go! Keep doing what you love or do something that’s out of your comfort zone. Heck, take a SharQui class! (wink, wink).