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Priorities – My Olympic Thoughts

Two thoughts I always have while watching the Olympics:

It would be so cool to be competing there.

I can’t even imagine what those athletes had to give up to get to that point.

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Don’t get me wrong, I admire and respect every single one of the Olympians.  But, that’s not for me.  I have different priorities– I love fitness, I love athletics, but I also love being spontaneous with my friends, I love lying on the beach for hours on end, I love traveling the world, I love running YouMakeYou®, I love well.. a lot of things. 

My priorities are happiness, self-love, and empowering others to do the same.  So, I make a sincere effort to do what fosters those priorities.

I have not always been like this.  I can honestly say that it is hard to know and respect your boundaries.  I spent years of my life swept by  main stream society and doing things just because I thought I should.  The worst part?  I didn’t even realize this was the case.  It is easy to mold directly into society, it is easy to…

be one of a million instead of one in a million.

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In our world today it is easy to become part of the crowd: to do what is the ‘norm’, to be like your friends, to want to be like everyone else.  It is understandable.. everyone wants  to fit in.

However, this is the root of many problems.

When we do this we are ignoring our priorities.

Do you want to go on a diet and workout to the point of exhaustion because you actually want to or because you want to have the body of someone else?

Do you want to spend hours a day on Instagram or Twitter  because you actually enjoy it or because you feel like you have to for your audience?

Do you want to order that salad at dinner because you actually want it or because society has labelled it as a ‘good food’?

Get the idea?  Priorities are EVERYWHERE.  And as the sole creator of your life, it is so incredibly important to know what yours are and respect them.  Going back to my inspiration for writing this post, the Olympics, to be an Olympic athlete you have to give up a lot.  But for some people, their priorities ARE going to the Olympics so it is soul-fully okay for them to give up these things.  Now, to bring this back to a relate-able level, everything you do should in some way, shape or form reflect your priorities.  You have ONE life to live, YOUR life, you do not, and should not,  have to do anything just because  you think you should.  YOU are the sole person you should strive to satisfy.

I see this a lot on Instagram, especially in the fitness world.  Far too often, people revolve their lives around restrictive eating and rigid workout routines when there is no reason for doing so.  They are not training for any sort of competition, they want to look a certain way, or strive to be something they have seen on social media.  They lose sight of their priorities and fitness becomes their life when it was just meant to be part of their life.

Now, I don’t want to offend anyone.  Yes– my priorities are happiness, self-love, and empowering others but that does not mean that yours have to be as well.  Your priorities are defined by YOU.  Whatever they may be, I just ask you to stay true to them, never conform for society, and never lose sight of yourself.

Be one IN a million, not one OF a million.

YOU MAKE YOU

I want to know:

What is your favorite Olympic sport to watch? Mine is gymnastics.

Summer or Winter Olympics? Summmmmmmer.


ALWAYS REMEMBER, YOU MAKE YOU

xoxo, Colby

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2 Comments

  • Katie August 23, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    100% SUMMER!

    Running, swimming, and gymnastics. I’ve gotten into beach volleyball some too! Loved it this year. My son was SO into it!

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    • colbytriolo August 28, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      Yes! Those are the best. I miss them already ):

      Reply

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