As many of you already know, I have decided to take a job that will take me away from being your coach. I know you will miss my random question of the day and my sassy energy before the sun has even risen (insert my usual sarcasm).
And let us not forget the repetitive introductions ….where everyone rolls their eyes at me. I have said that I memorize names because I want to be able to scream it across the gym to get your attention if your form is off. But in all reality, I think it is important to remember people’s first names, as well as little facts about their personal life – not just their personal records (don’t worry, I remember your PR’s too). I enjoy greeting each and every one of you by name with a smile, song, smirk, dance or laugh on a daily basis. Your name is one of the most personal thing you are given in life.
Let us also not forget that I stand watch over the white board after your workout to collect “scores” or smiley faces. I don’t do this for the sake of the leaderboard or the post on Facebook every night, I do it because I want to hold you accountable for choosing a healthy lifestyle. I feel that if I can motivate you to take your health seriously, maybe one day you can inspire someone else as well. I have always felt that people just need one person to believe in them and their dreams are endless.
Walking into a gym, let alone a CrossFit gym, can be intimidating to some people. With the coaches/community we have at Potomac, I feel that fear can be lessened.
I am so grateful that you have allowed me to be a part of your life – sharing your job woes, family vacations or dating disasters. I know it may be small to some, but I take the job of starting our day very seriously. On the way to work every day, I ask God to allow me to be the light in someone’s day that day. You never know who will be the lucky winner of that energy (or hostility according to John P or Simon if I have not consumed coffee ).
We all have “stuff” to deal with in this lifetime and for one brief hour, I hope I have helped you laugh and not take life too seriously.
I may not be the best at expressing “gushy” emotions, but each and every one of you have had an impact on my life that I will take with me. And I will miss all of you!