This last weekend I made my way down South to my alma mater, Texas A&M University for a Fightin’ Texas Aggie football game. Most of my college friends came in town for a reunion tailgate that we have every other year and it was so wonderful catching up with everyone. I had many realizations throughout the day of how freaking fast time flies as I heard about everyone’s life events and milestones that had occurred in the last 2 years. Weddings.. babies… second babies…
The other main reason I had been anticipating this trip so much is because it was Matt’s first time in College Station. I got to show him around all of my old stomping grounds and take him to the Texas A&M vs Tennessee football game in the brand new Kyle Field stadium. A&M football is a sight to behold with our 106,000 screaming fans and the dozens of traditions we have sprinkled throughout the game.
The Ags won, the weather was beautiful, and we had Mexican food for 80% of our meals. I’d call the weekend a success.
Being around all of my college girlfriends for a weekend got me to thinking about how important your community is for your overall health. Community is different than just friendships.
For my college girlfriends we were all drawn together by our phase of life when we were in college. We had shared love for our college, shared motivation for our classes, and a shared identity in our sorority. This made is closer in such a distinct but special way that has led to us still being friends years later.
I’ve said it before, but it’s one of the things I love so much about Crossfit.. the community. I have forged connections with these fantastic people who are early-risers, goal-oriented, and fitness-focused. We share a similar hobby, and yes that does mean we do spend a lot of time talking about Crossfit when we are together, which I love! They hold me accountable in my fitness goals and inspire me to make new ones.
I’m sure you’ve heard that “you become like the 5 people you spend the most time with”. Seriously think about that. Who do you spend your time with? Are they people you would aspire to be more like? When I think of who I spend the most time with on a daily basis, it involves my husband, my 5:30AM Crossfit crew, and my coworkers. Whether I realize it or not, their attitudes, characteristics, and habits are rubbing off on me!
If you look around and feel that you’re surrounding yourself with people that you do NOT want to be like and/or whom are toxic to you and your life.. you must make a change. I know it’s not easy, and it won’t happen overnight, but it is so important to the quality of your life and of your overall wellness!
Flipping that around, are there types of people or specific people that you DO want to be like? Spend more time with them! Matt and I didn’t have a community of people who cared about fitness as much as we did which was the #1 reason why we joined Crossfit.
Take stock in the communities that you are in and if they’re shaping you into who you want to be.