We live, we learn, and (hopefully) we improve through that living and learning. This is one of those stories.
Almost two years ago, I wrote this post: “Non-CrossFit T-shirts?” It was something I jotted quickly while in a cheeky mood, and I didn’t really think too much about it. But other people did. Some folks cheered, some got angry. I got hate mail. And I had to close comments on my post due to the vicious nature of some of the responses.
Even the woman I was dating at the time (a non-CrossFitter) became decidedly annoyed with me at dinner that night. “That’s really how you feel? What the hell? You’re not better than anybody else just because you do CrossFit,” she said.
She was right. I was a little full of myself. (Okay, a lot full of myself.) I’m not any better than anybody else to begin with (we all have worth as humans) and I’m certainly not better than anyone else because of how I work out.
But it’s not always easy to see when we’re a little too wrapped up in things. I think we all get caught up in our passions. CrossFitters are perhaps just a little more upfront about their passion and maybe fairly vocal. Sometimes, this is good, but sometimes it’s annoying.
Now, I’m not here to repent, or to tell you what you should do. We all make our own decisions on clothing, exercise, behavior, and life in general. But do I still feel the same way as when I wrote that “Non-CrossFit T-shirt” post? Not exactly. We live and learn.
I wear CrossFit affiliate shirts on some days, still. But on some days, I wear shirts with nothing on them. Then I’m just me, making my way in this world and trying to figure things out on my own, and I don’t need to broadcast anything. That’s okay too — and perhaps that is something that we all should remember.