I’ve been pondering change – specifically in the definition of what my purpose is. I’m currently examining my blog’s title, Fitter Liz. Am I Fitter Liz? What defines Fitter Liz? I have always defined myself around the health and fitness sphere and I’m wondering if that needs to change. When I injured my leg and was rendered inactive for awhile due to surgery/recovery etc, it seemed like the bottom fell out of my world. Who was I then, if I didn’t have my group fitness “career”, competitive cyclist mantle or fitness expert tag anymore? The nature of my injury and the length of recovery time has meant trying to work in the health and fitness field is not realistic – I dream of one day being able to go to a step class as a participant, but I will never teach a class again. I’ll never lift heavy weights, I’ll never showcase someone’s fitness transformation – that part of my life has ended.
I try to imagine who I will be in five years’ time, what I will be doing, what I will be wearing and how I’ll be feeling about myself. I know that my interest in being physically active will be life long and I am certain that I’ll continue to ride, run, swim, lift etc for the rest of my years. I’m sure I’ll be still sharing my knowledge with others in a coaching role as the years progress as I love to see others learn, grow and improve. However I know that I’m no longer going to be defining who I am by what I achieve through physical activity. Who will I be? Ask me in five years’ time!
In the meantime, I can feel a blog change coming on. Maybe it’s time to change from being Fitter Liz to just Liz or something else entirely!
Do you define yourself by your work or your pursuits?