Take a few minutes to consider the world outside your comfort zone
It could be the state of the world, or it could be the state of my personal life.
Regardless, my mind has been focused on the communities of which I am a part, and how important it is to surround myself with people who interact with the world like I do.
I feel better knowing there are other people in the world who share my values. I feel supported by the energy we share when we participate in similar shared experiences. I feel connected through the common ideals and beliefs we share.
This all sounds fantastic and fabulous until we are surrounded by ONLY people just like us and we lose sight of the beauty of the diversity in the Universe.
Our Crossfit community brings us all together through our shared pursuit of fitness and wellness, but sometimes we get so comfortable in our Crossfit “bubble” we forget the importance of novel experience and new perspective.
Even in the challenging environment of a Crossfit box, we get caught in the rut of routine, always working with the same partner, always working with the same coach, always drinking the same post-workout shake. A super-tiny, super-comfy bubble.
Out in the real world, we sometimes allow ourselves to get stuck in the virtual bubbles of our beliefs and values and we might subconsciously put on blinders to what is happening in the world around us.
We may find ourselves minimizing our experiences or social involvement for the sake of convenience. We may find ourselves seeking comfort in the familiar, and insulating ourselves in an environment that doesn’t challenge any preconceived notions we might have. A super-tiny, super-comfy bubble, right between your ears.
Today, I want to encourage you to GET OUT OF YOUR BUBBLE:
- Take 5 minutes: do a quick assessment of all the aspects of your life you are currently keeping in a “bubble”.
- Take 3 minutes: consider the current status of your local, regional and national neighborhoods.
- Take 1 minute: remember the last time you willfully placed yourself in a situation OUTSIDE your comfort zone, just for the purpose of experiencing something new or enjoying an adventure.
I’m always trying to find parallels between the work we do in the gym, and the way we participate as humans our in the “real” world.
We’ve recently seen ethnocentrism and xenophobia receive a bunch of attention in our national conversation about race, and I believe these behaviors are a direct result of a whole bunch of people not getting outside their “bubble”. In these terms, this “bubble” could be a physical neighborhood, or the “bubble” could be the neighborhood of the mind, populated with all the preconceived notions and judgments that produce bigotry and hate.
Being stuck in a bubble is no way to live!!
How does this relate to what we do everyday at Crossfit Primal Energy? Here we go…
Let’s call lack of perspective (stuck in a bubble) a form of specialization.
In the fitness world, an example of specialization is a powerlifter who can squat 1000lb. Applied to a fitness-related context, your “lack of perspective” reduces the tools and skill set available to you. It's cool to squat 1000lb., unless the ONLY thing you can do is squat 1000lb.
Our “real world” example here are white supremacists and bigots whose hate and ignorance disgrace Humanity in general. These kind of people are stuck in the worst kind of bubble!
By contrast, Crossfit methodology produces a “broad, general, INCLUSIVE” fitness that allows participants to become a physical jack-of-all-trades. As Crossfitters, it could easily be said that we don’t even have a bubble! You can do handstands on the beach, or kettlebell swings in the grass, or snatches on a platform, and all of those are Crossfit.
Our “real world” example here is anyone who makes the effort to be well-informed, emotionally intelligent, compassionate and kind. This skill set allows a broad range of actions and behaviors, and even the most dire of situations can be remedied when the people participating possess and exercise these characteristics.
My encouragement to you today is check in with yourself about what kind of bubble you live in. Check in about what kind of bubble you train in. Check in about all the little comfy bubbles in your mind. I want you to check in about all the stuff you might be avoiding because it’s different.
Do you avoid the gym when we do rope climbs? Better get yourself to Open Gym and practice more!
Do you avoid People of Color because you assume their skin makes them inferior? Better get your head right and start seeing the beauty and excellence in ALL human beings!
Do you avoid chasing your dreams for the security of everyday routine? Better remind yourself you only get one life and it is your obligation to make best of it!
Occasionally, rewire your perspective and attempt to view the world through the eyes of someone who is fundamentally different from you. I guarantee it will increase your quality of life and it will make you a more active and engaged participant in LIFE!
As always, thank you for reading my words. Until next time…