I know I go on and on about how much I love what I get to do.
All of the various moving parts of my freelance life are satisfying in their own way (and I have a pretty blink-inducing amount of variety on the list of pursuits that I…pursue…in order to maintain a livable wage), but writing for GORGO has been a unique experience.
Fitness is a passion of mine. Well, I’m passionate about the idea of it, and I do a passably good job of maintaining my own, but I’m talking about advocating for it. Encouraging it. Affirming it when I see it.
I’m always excited to meet new people who are performing fantastic feats in their fitness journeys, and often helping others in the process, and GORGO has opened a lot of doors for me to do that. I’m given an assignment, usually to cover someone I’ve never heard of, and I get to talk to them, hear their story and all the amazing things about their life, and then I get to share it with you all.
That’s a lot of fun.
But sometimes I also get the chance to put someone up front and center that might not not normally get to be seen and heard, and let me tell you…very little in life beats that.
The two women that I talk about in the Hurdlers article, in the current issue of GORGO aren’t superstar athletes with corporate sponsors. They aren’t business women with a publicity team helping them spread their message.
They’re both two moms who have not only done incredible things for their kids and their families, they’ve also somehow been able to find time for fitness in their lives. Plus, they’ve been able to push towards goals that often elude folks who have scads of extra time and energy.
Not only that, both of them are dealing with more than your average bear when it comes to life issues; one with kids who have had intense needs, and another with physical challenges of her own. Being a mom with kids and trying to balance all that that entails (and homeschool them, which both of these weirdos do, too) is enough on its own, and enough to merit the writing of a book on how to manage it all without losing your mind. But to handle all that and still want to live your own fitness life on your own terms, and have the courage and chutzpah to do it? That’s incredible.
These are my heroes.
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