Friday, March 23, 2012

Show Me

March 22, 2012

When your in elementary school one of the most exciting days are "show and tell" days... or "go to work with your parent" days. Why is that? Because you get to actually bring in to school the best and most exciting thing in your little 3rd grade world and show it to all your friends and tell them all about it... or you get to go into the office (or wherever) and walk in the steps of an adult and actually get to see what they do with your own two eyes.

Returning home from a vacation you excitedly print out the pictures download the pictures onto facebook so you can show off where you have been, only to think "god this looked so much better in person." You can describe to someone for hours on end how amazing London was and what the London Tower Bridge (which happens to be one of my favorite places that I have visited) looks like when you are standing in the park below... but its not the same without seeing it yourself because of the emotions attached. Likewise the array of beautiful blues you see in the water where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez at the tip of the Baja Peninsula in Cabo San Lucas Mexico... pictures and words just dont do it justice. Being there in person is priceless.

Some people dont like to be watched... others (like me) feed off of other peoples energy. I perform better when I know I am being watched. I like to show others what I am capable of doing. I could tell Hubs how every single crit went while I was in architecture school, but until that very last final thesis crit that I asked him to attend, he had no idea what it was like to be there. Showing him what I went through week after week was something that meant a lot to me and I was glad he got to experience. It put a new perspective on all of my emotions through that whole experience.

Growing up, I participated in sports and dance. My parents were actively involved in those activities. It gave me pride to be able to show them how hard I was working. They were always there to give both positive and negative criticism, but always constructive. It mattered to me that they were there watching and cheering me on even on my worst of days. It was almost like they could "feel" how I was feeling if they were there.

Of course I understand that thats not everyone, some people prefer to be left alone, some are much more quiet, some prefer less vocal reinforcement. Personally,  I feel my upbringing is what has made me evolve into such a passionate and hands on, confident person. I like to tell people honestly (when they ask) how they are doing with something, I like to compliment people, it feels good to make someone else's day... even if you dont know you are doing it.

So, whats the meaning of all this... I am talking about the difference between showing and telling. You can essentially tell anyone ANYTHING... but showing them is a totally different story. This applies to lots of different aspects of life. My friends are my friends right... but you really know who your friends are when they "show" you. The feeling that you get on the inside when they do something for you, remember something you said in the past, or just call to see how you are doing out of the blue.

With diet and exercise... people "talk" all the time about this and that diet that they want to do, are doing or what have you... well, when they can "show" that they are doing it... thats when it matters, thats when its taken seriously.

I think whats important for me to remember is that the things that I say out loud to people dont really hold as much stock as the things I show to people... When its something physical, like "hey, I just PRed my deadlift" because even if they know what a deadlift is, being there to witness someone PRing on any lift far exceeds them just telling you about it (though still exciting). I think why I feed off others when they are watching me, I always like to perform at my best and I like the pressure I feel when those situations occur. If I talk the talk, I have to be able to walk the walk...

It also holds true for less physical, more emotional situations, like me telling someone how much they mean to me... unless I actually show them through actions and emotions, they are just empty words. You never know when time will run out...

I guess what I am trying to say is... show me... dont tell me...

500m Row
3 Rounds
- 5 Ring Rows
- 5 Pushups
- 5 Inchworms
2 X 9 Fundamentals

Worked on Kip (thanks for all the great tips R)
Worked on Chest to Bar for the 12.5 WOD... YIKES
Ab Circuit 3 Rounds
- 10 GHD
- 10 Back Extensions
- 10 Hollow Rocks
- 10 Ab Rollouts


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