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The other day I was on #fitchat and I met @300lbsandrunnin . He was talking about his #100DaysofBurpees Challenge, so of course I needed to butt-in and ask what this was about. (You can click here if you’d like to know more or participate. Come join in on the burpee fun!! If you do not know what a burpee is, you can click here. My cousin asked what a burpee is and then suggested that it was something that someone did after drinking a Slurpee too quickly. har har. )
Admittedly I’m picking up this challenge a little late in the game. I started on day 20, and plan on continuing through to day 100, given my poor heel can take it.
The awesomeness of social media and ‘chats’ that are run on Twitter are evident once again and have proven to be quite beneficial to me. Never would I ever commit to doing burpees for 100 days by myself! (Not going to lie about that one hah.)
Before, I never understood why people swore by chats on social media. I have learned over time why. You are chatting with people from all over the world who are interested in the same things as you. You sometimes even get a chance to brag about your own accomplishments too, and of course sign-on to support others and participate in challenges. 🙂 (I’m not saying do it because you’ll get an imaginary internet pat on the back, but I’m saying do it because you will gain friends you didn’t even know were out there.)
I have had the opportunity of ‘meeting’ quite a few of you on social media and look forward to the day we can put the face to face with our friendships. When I try to explain this to some of my friends, I get the “These people are not your REAL friends, Rebecca.” On the contrary I believe quite the opposite. I’ve ‘seen’ imaginary friends before, my brother used to have one growing up named Cheermuck. (He’s going to kill me for writing that… and no I have no idea where the name came from, and when he drew a picture of him once he looked like a tree with a face on it.) Anyways, returning to the subject at hand, I have also met people who I have talked to on social media before, and we’ve had some of the most solid friendships. When you read and participate in someone’s social media, you do get to know them quite well before you actually meet them face-to-face. You often already know a lot of things about them that you both have in common, the bonds have already been set.
Social media gives people an outlet, and allows them to say what they truly feel about their passions and what is happening in their lives. Never would I ever have predicted that I would have such a great support network of like-minded people who are constantly encouraging me to get out and do my running, my planks, my burpees. etc. It’s like having 1000+ personal trainers and life coaches at your fingertips, or as some may call them, friends 🙂