Wednesday, August 10, 2011

"You is kind. You is smart. You is important."

At the moment, after reading the title of this post, I'm pretty sure the only people who don't think I'm completely off my rocker are those who have read The Help and/or seen the movie, which just came out today. My mom and I went to a 9:30 showing this morning (probably the earliest either of us have ever shown up to a movie theater). We were completely mesmerized for the entire 2 hours and 17 minutes, and this is one of the most powerful quotes that came from the film. One of the main characters, Aibileen, said this every day to the little girl she was basically raising, and if you think about it, it actually works for any age, era, or personal situation. Though it might sound a little silly, I think it's important for people to remind themselves that they are important and valued, no matter their size or physical appearance, because when you feel more confident in yourself, that's when you can start making healthy changes in your life. In the movie, Aibileen realized that despite the hardships she was dealing with, one thing she could excel at is building another child's self-worth. This rang especially true for me, because as people, we are all capable of lifting each other up on difficult days and during moments of doubt. It inspires me so much when someone takes the time out to offer a compliment or word or encouragement, and it leaves me hoping that I can do the same for others.

Aside from that, I can't think of much else to report. The Chicago Half Marathon takes place just one month from tomorrow (can you say yikes?!?!?) and the Chicago Marathon is only one month after that. I can definitely see how some people struggle to stay focused and motivate themselves to train during these most critical weeks. Nerves start to take over, and a few injuries here and there--even if they're minor--can be unfortunate setbacks. Right now, I'm just trying to stay excited and remember why I got myself into this crazy marathon world in the first place--because we all have to start somewhere, and if we have a goal we want to reach, taking the first step is a heck of a lot better than simply talking without acting. I appreciate the strength and motivation I find from my family, as well as the people I see every single day at the gym. You'd be absolutely amazed at the support system you can find out there, even if you don't think you're necessarily looking for one at first.

Well, I think I'll finish my chicken salad dinner and head to bed. Happy Hump Day to everyone :) Do yourself a favor this weekend and go see The Help. Whether you're a girl or a guy, young or old, it's just something you need to see, period. It's a positive reminder that even though we might not be perfect, we have come a long way as Americans in the past 50-some years, and we will only continue to get better if we just start with ourselves. The same applies to weight loss, or anything else you might be looking to accomplish in your own life! If you do go see the movie, let me know what you thought of it. That will count as the question for the day :)


No comments:

Post a Comment