You "get to" ; not, "you got to" - @missjullyblack declared this past Saturday evening @hughsroomlive . So lucky was I to see this awesome woman perform, a few feet away from me, literally. She touched my soul, not only because her talent is so innate and authentic, not only because she exudes strength, confidence, and pride, but because she shared part of her own soul with the story of her mother, whom she lost to dementia. She told us of visits to the Memory Lab to have the "your mother has dementia" conversation - yup, been there, done that. She talked of the stigma associated with the label - yup - watched my own mother's isolation grow. She talked about the documentary movie - Alive Inside (@ALifeInside) that demonstrated the positive power of music on memory and how music melts away dementia - yup, saw it. She talked about the loss, and the pain of watching your mother leave you before she is actually gone - yup, live it every day. And then @missjullyblack took off her black stiletto heels and got up on the table in front of her - she belted out her voice and she didn't stop there - she literally walked the entire Hugh's Room venue, from one table top to the next, stepping over peoples' heads as she placed one foot in the centre of the next table, and then the next, her feet never touching the floor until she returned to the stage - why - BECAUSE SHE CAN; because her brain and her body permit her to, and she knows how fortunate she is; because she is a powerful woman who is unstoppable.
Exercise and Fitness are not about what you "got to do", they are about what you " get to do". Be grateful for your ability to go to class. Thank your body by MOVING and it will thank you back, and remember - when you're battling traffic or public transportation to get to the studio, or managing your bulging schedule that is stuffed with life's daily tasks - remember you GET TO workout. Be GRATEFUL to MOVE. Be UNSTOPPABLE.
This message is inspired by @missjullyblack and my own mother's unstoppable will.
Please move every day - it will actually save your life. #move #dementia #willpower #torontofitness #beunstoppable #begrateful #brainhealth