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Going to the gym at my age can be brutal on the ego – if I try to compare myself to others.
After we became empty-nesters Cheryl and I sold the house where we raised our boys and moved to a downtown condo. It was an intentional life change and we loved it. Part of that move involved changing gyms. I started to workout on the campus of our local university, Austin Peay State University. I loved the facility and the school. Cheryl and I both graduated from there, but there was only one problem with my new workout location.
People - Gym
Most of the people in the gym don’t look like they need to be there.
They were young, lean, fit, strong, beautiful college-aged gym people.
Gym - Lots - People
It was so much more so than my last gym where lots of people looked like me.
I remember one day, as I was sweating like the oldies, it got me thinking.
Perception - Church - Times
Isn’t that the perception of the church at times?
I can’t go there, because everyone looks like they don’t need the church. They have the right clothes. They have the right lives.
Kind - People
They are smiling, joyful, seemingly have-it-all-together kind of people.
If my life is falling apart, why would I want to go there? I don’t fit in. I have nothing to offer. My life doesn’t match their life.
Reality - Body - Shape
When the reality is if my physical body is out of shape...
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