This week as one of my classes was about to start, a lady came up to me to advise me that she had just had major surgery and did I have any modifications to the routine. I have to be honest with you, it completely bamboozled me due to the depth of her illness and surgery.
I frequently conduct several modifications for participants for various, back, knee, neck issues- you name it, yet the minute I was faced with this particular one, I was overcome with emotion.
I am still thinking about this person frequently, and what she has gone through instantly put anything I was complaining about in my week into perspective.
I guess we all need a reality check like this every now and then to remind us of the big issues in life and make us reassess our priorities. It is hard to explain why this particular person has affected me so much, and has consumed my emotions so completely.
It may have been the raw emotion she expressed after the class, the depth of her honesty that I felt deep in my heart. The pride on her face for getting through an entire class, and the willingness to accept help from a stranger.
Teaching classes, I am constantly astounded at people’s attitudes, their positive drive for rehabilitation and their strength of character in pushing through their pain barriers. I feel so privileged to have so many people confide in me, trust in me, and choose my classes to rebuild their lives.
I really hope that I can be the something they need and are searching for that signifies the start of a positive change in their lives.
I hope that I can always remember the strength of the people I am helping, and use this as that strong reminder to pull myself back into line when I am whining about ridiculous things.