Watching a fitness competition.

Hi, I'm Haruyo.

I went to see a body contest last Sunday since my trainer attended. It was my first experience to see it.

I was really impressed by players of men and women over 40 ages. All the participants don't look over 40 ages. They look all younger. Before I watch this, I thought I didn't want to get older. (Of course it's impossible.) I considered getting older to be a negative thing. But their performance change my mind. I think that the more you exercise the younger you look. To attend contest also means to challenge. That make people look much more lively.

And I notice that I'm usually impressed by the elderly people who are challenging something.

I'm thinking why. And the answer is I have a stereotype for typical elderly people. When I see those in my city, I think I don't want to become like them. (I know it's bad but it's true.)

However,  the elderly people attending the competition are different. They are brighter and livelier. The age doesn't matter. You can start something new at any age. I think I can do too like them because even they can do. Also I'm still younger.

I think many people will eventually stop challenging as they become old. People are good at finding a reason why you won't do that. For example, there's no time.. it cost a lot.. it's hassle.. then finally you give up. In that case you will never open a new world. I don't want to be like this.. I thought. No matter how old I get I'll try everything I'm curious on, I think so after watching the contest.

Also, I was impressed by their attitude for challenging. In a part of men of all ages, most men are young. But there's only one elderly man. And there's a man who seems to attend this for the first time. I'm sure those people were worried to attend at first. When people try to join the contest like this for the first time, they would be worried. People would think I'm not enough yet to try. But Who I can see participated in the contest without fear like that. You don't know how many people are encouraged by their attitude. Also the audience including me is looking forward to seeing how they change better in the future. If there are only very well muscled people, maybe that will stop beginners from challenging.

When you think you want to try, just try. Just act. There is no need to worry about others. It's simple. Just follow your feelings.

Bye!

Don't be afraid. Just look and move forward. There is no wall on you.

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パーソナルジムでお世話になってるトレーナーさんがフィットネスの大会に出場するので、人生で初めて、フィットネスの大会を見に行ってきたよ。

年齢が40歳より上の方たちが出る部門が心にグッと来たんだよね。というのも、まず、出場者全員40オーバーに見えない!!!見た目がとっても若い。年を取ることをネガティブに思っていたんだけど、この大会を見てその考えは無くなったかも。鍛えれば、若々しくいれるんだなって。もちろん、大会に出るってことは挑戦しているってことだから、みんなイキイキしているんだよね。

これは毎回思うんだけど、高齢の方の挑戦には心動かされることが多い。

多分それって私の中で、高齢の方のステレオタイプが出来上がってるんだと思う。近所の高齢の方を見ると、余計に…こうなりたくないな、って思ってしまっている。でも昨日の40オーバーに出ていた人たちは違った。挑戦している人を見ると、いつ始めても遅くない、年を取ることは悪いことじゃない…って、元気をもらうことが出来る。言い方悪いけど、この人たちが出来るなら、私も出来るんじゃないか、って思える。だって自分の方が若いし!

年を取っていくと、段々挑戦しなくなる。「やってみたい」って思っても、出来ない理由を見つけては、結局一歩を踏み出さない。こんな未来は嫌だなぁ、って思った。何歳になっても、色んなことを挑戦する人でありたい。

あとは、そもそも「参加」する姿勢の尊さと言うか…これも挑戦することと近いんだけど、男性の部門で、周りが若い人の中で一人高齢の方がいたり、まだトレーニング始めたばかりなのかな、って分かる人もいて。きっと挑戦するの怖かったと思うの。周りを気にして、自分なんかまだまだ…って思う人が多い気がするの。でも、彼らは参加した。正々堂々と。その姿がどれほど多くの人を勇気づけただろう。こういう人たちが少しでもいるだけで、「挑戦してみよう」と思う人が増える気がするんだ。見てるこちらも、これからどう成長するんだろう、っていう期待もある。バチバチに出来上がっている人たちしかいなかったら、一歩踏み出しづらいかもしれないもんね。

やりたい!って思ったら、行動。周りを気にすることは無い。ただ、それだけ。シンプルでいいんだよね。

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