I think that our passion can be easy, but it is how people treat each other that makes living with passion difficult. I feel like a lucky man. Truthfully. Authentically. I’ve discovered work that allows me to grow at every stage of the game. Physically, Mentally, Emotionally and Spiritually. As a lucky man, I do not get the sense that this is not meant for everyone.
Life has been such an exploration for me recently. I have been skydiving with friends, vacationing with family, and raising money for a good cause towards the Pelotonia bike race with an astounding group of people in this community. Key word in all of that being “with.”
I spent a lot of my days in youth trying to do a lot by myself. My ego wanted to do things without others. I was driven to exclude people from my life because I thought it meant something more. Yet, all of that made me feel less no matter how things shaped up on the outside. As a result, this led me to lose my ability to loosen up and laugh.
That’s the thing I love most about life. Laughter.
When we lose our laughter we lose our light. At a point in my life I remember being out of shape and feeling pathetic. I can’t say that this is the complete spot in which I decided to make a move, but I wasn’t going to allow myself to be happy unless I was taking care of myself. Maybe I took it too seriously for a while, but I can’t regret that because it brought me to a deeper sense of living than I had ever experience before.
This deeper sense brought me back to friendship and connection. I realize that I don’t have to be picture perfect before I can choose to be myself around others. I also realize that we need each other if we truly want to be strong. It’s still something that is a struggle for me at times, but with exercise I embrace and enjoy the challenge.
I will always encourage you to move. I am always willing to laugh with you.
Love; to be Alive.
Trey Tompkins is a local resident who writes fitness columns for the Record-Herald.