Flashback Friday: The Year Of The Bang
Ah – finally Friday! It was a long, but very good, week. The weekend is here, and only one full week of school left before Christmas break – for me anyway 🙂 I have a real treat for you today….straight from the heart. It’s Flashback Friday, so let’s take a little trip down memory lane, and see what we can learn from 16 year-old me.
This is one of my finer photos from my high school days. November, 2002 – playing point guard for YOUR Richlandddd Centerrrrr JV HORNETS! I had a number of proud moments during this season. I managed to roll my ankle with no other players within 15 feet of me…I was grabbing the ball after a made free-throw, and just fell right over in the only Waunakee in the world (Google it). I was accused (in a very high-pitched voice, might I add) of hitting a girl in the post-game handshake line in Dodgeville – it was a tap, I swear. I even had to sit out of our game against DeForest because I threw out my back shaving my legs before the game – I was on a serious roll all season long. As I’m writing this, I’m beginning to realize how truly remarkable it is that I even got out of that season alive…miracles really do happen.
Before all of this chaos took place, however, perhaps my proudest moment came….on picture day. If you take a look at the picture, you’ll notice the old school uniform, maybe the way my right calf looks like a weird lump just hanging off my leg…but really guys, let’s just address the elephant in the room. The focal point of this photo is, far and away, THE BANG. Not bangs..bang. There is one bang. THE bang.
Now, here’s why I’m proud of the bang. How many other girls on my team…or anywhere in the world, do you think rocked a bang like this? How many do you think thought I looked cool? Maybe a few, haha. I know at least one did – me. I liked my bang (and it’s counterpart on the left side of my head)…I thought it looked good (I guess? lol) and I didn’t care if anybody else agreed. I’ve kind of always been this way – very confident in what I like, how I dress, how I do my hair, etc. etc. Of course people have always kindly offered me suggestions for changes that might even further enhance my natural beauty, which I’ve accepted gracefully (most of the time), and then usually proceeded to ignore. So….what does this have to do with fitness?….
I think my mindset as a 16 year-old rocking “the bang” is the perfect example of the mindset you need to have as you’re beginning to incorporate fitness into your life. Whether it’s small life changes, or you’re embarking on an all-out quest to transform your body, you need to be armed with the Bang Mindset. Some people are going to think you’re lame, tell you you’re perfect the way you are (which might be true, but still – this isn’t helpful), they’ll call you “obsessed”, and probably give you all kinds of suggestions about what’s worked for them and what you should be doing. All of these suggestions are probably coming from a truly good place, but you know what you need to do? Be yourself, and be confident in your choice to make a positive change in your life. Do the research, find an approach that will work for you (see: Pick a Pitch That’s Going to Make You Successful), and commit to it.
Nobody is going on this journey, but you. You are the captain of your own ship, and you need to steer that sucker in whatever direction your ultimate destination lies. Surround yourself with people who support your efforts, and don’t forget to thank them for their support – in action, and in silence. Sometimes, we get stuck on thanking people for things they do or say, and forget to recognize them for the things they don’t do or don’t say. It’s important to reinforce those who don’t constantly pester you about why you eat that, or don’t eat that, tell you your approach to working out is ineffective, or a million other things irritating people will try to call you out on. So give the quiet ones a shout out every now and again, too!
The moral of the story here – adopt The Bang mindset. Be you, and be proud of it. Blaze your own trail, and be confident in your choices. Nobody knows you and your body better than you do – own it!
PLEASE let me know in the comments below if you ever rocked a bang! I would love to see some pics, haha.
Thanks for being YOU — keep it real.
Founder: MCP Total Fitness