Take Your Bags or Leave Them (BOS)

Today was one of those amazing Friday mornings in Boston where we bounced at the top of Summit Ave. in the dark, and as we started to run those reliable hills, the sun started coming out, lighting up the downhill sky in all kinds of fireworks that sunrise often does. Today and this entire week also held enough conversations between members of NP_BOS and me, that made me think of this old blog I wrote a while back about Oriana’s bags–as in, literally about the bags that our good ol’ friend Oriana brought to a Monday workout on her way to the airport, back to Toronto where she lives now, after visiting Boston for a week. The bags created a great metaphor about the “baggage” we have in life. And maybe it’s the time of year when the season and weather really are changing, when the physical world around us is in transition and just about everything else in our lives feels like it’s in transition as well–you know, that kind of time when either shit keeps coming up or shit keeps going down— that really makes us feel the weight of that stuff in our lives. We’ve all got it. So, here’s a reminder to all of us about taking those bags or leaving them…maybe a helpful way to think about our baggage (and about NP) in our lives. Enjoy:

Toby thought it was an awesome idea that Oriana bring her bags to the workout. He started thinking about all the funny ways to incorporate baggage into the fitness…and then it hit him. The metaphor of baggage and life and how we have to bring along our bags with us even to places when it’s hard or inconvenient. And what he concluded was this: The stronger you get, the easier it is to handle your baggage.

It makes sense. Literally. The more you show up and workout and get fitter and stronger, the easier it is to carry your bags around when you travel. The easier it is to lift and move and manage all the shit you carry along with you to be sure you have clothes to wear and the right shoes to go for a run, and your damn toothbrush.

And it makes sense. In the other ways. We all have baggage and history and life that comes behind us…sometimes pretty attached to us no matter what we do. But there are so many ways that we get stronger in life to help us be better at managing that baggage. Sometimes getting stronger physically, by feeling fitter, faster, and more physically empowered to take on difficult challenges gives us a mental edge over our stuff. Sometimes building a stronger community around us helps us to feel less alone, less like we’re the only ones with baggage, and more encouraged to keep showing up in life every day because we have a crew behind us, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with us, and/or gently nudging us forward because they believe in us. And sometimes just recognizing that we have baggage and history and a story that goes along with us, gives us a stronger intention and purpose to handle those bags in a way that feels better. Just like when you have an actual bag that’s super awkward to carry and you hate it–but if you pack it differently or put it into a bag that you can put on your back instead of have to hold with your hands, it just feels better. Or you unpack it and decide what shit you don’t need to keep in the bag anymore…and you take it out and give it away or get rid of it. Then we find more strength and confidence in being better able to handle our baggage.

I don’t think everyone should always bring suitcases and backpacks to the NP workouts…but I DO think that when we show up and know we have some other kinds of bags and luggage with us, we might be able to put them down for a brief time during a workout. And we can pay attention to the opportunities to get so much freaking stronger at NP. Physically, socially, mentally, emotionally. The bags don’t have to burden us. They also don’t have to keep holding the stuff that holds us back. And they can hold important things we want to keep with us.

Excerpted (with minor edits) from: https://november-project.com/orianas-baggage-bos-4-19-19/


MONDAY 10.28.19 at 6:29am: our destination deck workout will be at Bunker Hill Monument. Right HERE! Absolutely, definitely, probably show up.

WEDNESDAY 10.30 at 5:29 & 6:29am: PR day and grassroots gear tagging! Also, dress up for halloween. the theme is “fitness fanatics.”

FRIDAY: Nov 1st, 2019, it’ll be 8 years of NP. We will be celebrating. It’s our freaking birthday. So get ready for some good times, and maybe jump on the “all month long” original dare. What would it take for you to just show up at least once every single week in November? What about more than once every week? Could anyone show up to every single workout??? Well go on, I dare you. NP Boston will be here, and hope you are too. Everyone is welcome.

winter wo(ah)man

Maybe you’ve heard of WOahMAN? Maybe you haven’t? Either way, you need to get yourself ready for what’s about to happen. Starting in November, our regular #PRhills Fridays (the 2nd Friday of every month) will still be optional #PRhills, if you dig that, but for the winter months, there will also be an optional Winter WOahMAN. If you don’t WOahMAN, you better be racing your face off on those Fridays. And if you do the WOahMAN, you’ll be meeting early early with a crew of #weatherproof weirdos who will run from the park at the top of Summit Ave. to the stadium, complete a full tour, run back to the top of Summit, do 25 burpees, run a full hill (front + back), do 25 more burpees, and run a final full hill before finishing at the fire hydrant.

The Winter WOahMAN Series will kick off on Nov. 8th. And will continue each second Friday of the month for Nov – March. Five winter WOahMANs. Will you #JustShowUp?!?

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