Late in 2021, my spouse and I drank the Kool-Aid and joined the cult known as Peloton.
Pause for definition: a Peloton is an exercise spin bike and you subscribe monthly to receive an enormous amount of spin classes and a variety of other exercise training classes like yoga, running, strength, and meditation. Ok back to my story…
We kept waiting to feel safe at the gym again and the kids to get older so it would be easier to make time, but I woke up one day after months of my spouse nudging me to join the Peloton club and I said yes. I knew it would be great for our physical health and I know exercise is also good for our mental health, but I had no clue just how kind, compassionate and thoughtful the instructors would be, tenderly caring for my mental health.
Yes, exercise has been good for my mental health, but as I’m weeping and sweating on the bike, it’s more than that… it’s instructors like Kendall Toole saying, “honor that we’re here, say thank you to your body, give it love back.” Instructor after instructor (I’ve tried many), they tell me over and over that I am good enough. They invite me into challenges, but more often than not, they invite me to love myself just as I am. They invite me into our Lenten theme, Good Enough.
But there is one more layer to the exercise love-fest; the music. Oh, the music. This is where we get explicit. I love a hip-hop ride. And yes, most of the playlists have explicit warnings.
But hear me out, aren’t these lyrics motivation to see yourself as good enough?
“You better check yo self before you wreck yo self” – Ice Cube
“Don’t let them say you ain’t beautiful” – Eminem
“Everything is everything. What is meant to be, will be. After winter, must come spring. Change, it comes eventually” – Lauryn Hill
“Everything will eventually come to an end. So try to savor the moments, cuz time flies, don’t it? The beauty of life is to make it last for the better. Cuz nothing lasts forever.” – Nas
“We always ignore the ones who adore us, and adore the ones who ignore us.” – Drake
I could go on and on, and yes I’m from the generation who loved this year’s Super Bowl halftime show! So the question and wondering I leave for you, where else beyond Broad Street’s Lenten theme are you hearing you are Good Enough? Is it from friends? Is it at a book club? Is it in a yoga class? Is it from yourself? Share in the comments!
(This is not a push to buy a Peloton or listen to explicit rap, but if you’re already there, you know what I’m talking about.)
-Written by Brittany Porch
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