Sometime last year, my husband mentioned buying me a Peloton bike as a gift. His gym at work has several and I think he works with people that really love the bike. I brushed it off. “I’ve never even taken a spin class!”
Fast forward to Christmas and I was gifted a Peloton bike. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t that excited. What if I hated spinning? What if I didn’t use it and we wasted all that money?
The bike was delivered on December 26th and that was the day I took my first spin class. Since that day, I’ve only missed one day spinning…because I had minor surgery on my toe. But I blindly jumped into the Peloton community, that I didn’t even know existed, the same way I jumped into the Slice of Life community….head first and not quite sure what I was signing up for.
Each day, I’ve set aside time to ride (which usually means waking up at 4am) the same way I make time to write every day in the month of March. Every time I finish a class, I feel proud and accomplished-similar to the way that I feel when I hit publish on my blog. I was taking a class early in the month of March and as I listened to the instructor coach and encourage the riders, I realized that so much of what they were saying could apply to writing and this challenge. So I started writing while riding, jotting down phrases that I thought could also work here.
I planned to write this found poem using encouraging words from the Peloton instructors to mark the halfway point in this challenge. Who knew on March 1 that we would be where we are today. As I reread the lines that I jotted, I realize now, that these words could relate to many circumstances. So today, take what you need for whatever situation you may need it.
A challenge is staying the course.
This is not the hardest. The hardest is coming.
Discipline is your roadmap.
There is no trophy. No consequence.
Level up for no one else but ourselves.
We can’t do everything. You’re not supposed to. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
I see you.
Add something to challenge you in order to change you.
Your worth is not dependent on your deeds but what you give within.
We demonstrate resilience every single day. Take note of it.
Every hard time is an opportunity.
When you get to the point where you think you can’t, get to a new norm.
We unify and celebrate our differences.
Thank you for always showing up.
Let’s sit up and acknowledge: You’re on my team. We’re all on the same team.
Show the riders [writers] you know some love.
Only great things to come.
Now believe it.