DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS). 23 Jun 2014
Dear Lauren and the Lithe Community,
This summer, I wanted to embark on an introspective journey towards self-care. Chronicling my journey through the hashtag, #sexysalubrioussummer, my goal initially was to reclaim a sense of worth. My friend cajoled me to join Lithe after I regaled her with stories about my struggles with vulnerability and courage. Experiencing searing emotional pain from the effects of love and loss, I also wanted to exert and expend my energy into something new. Lithing has not only become a physical exercise, but an exercise that has helped me to embrace vulnerability. My goading anxiety about being the only male in classes most times has slowly diminished because of the inspiring inclusive community. I am realizing how much strength I actually have, and for the first time in years, I can look in the mirror, like what I see and affirm that I have inherent worth. The empowering ethos that is Lithe is incredibly palpable. I always look forward to the conversations with staff, instructors, and Lithe sisters/brother (hi Jonathan!). Lithers exude such grace.
Liz and Marisa, it is always an absolute pleasure to be in your classes. As much as I want to scream expletives because of the burn, your careful guidance and reassurance makes it all worth it. After only about a month of classes, I am noticing my physique is more toned. I am eating healthier, feeling more energetic, and appreciating all that is me.
While I will be moving to Minneapolis this fall to pursue my doctorate, I will still be frequenting Lithe when I can. I am always deterred by the angry personas of fitness that get reverberated by the media. Exercise does not need to be a hyper-aggressive or competitive endeavor. At Lithe, we all attune to the common goal of reaching our optimal selves. Lauren, I can't thank you enough for developing such a graceful and beautiful outlet for me, as Dr. Brene Brown says, to dare greatly.
With so much love and care,