setting examples to learn from
Six of us classmates from the University met for dinner yesterday. This was me catching up with them during my trips to India. We had finished school more than three and half decades ago.
It is interesting to see that we are so different in our experiences in life where we are in it and our responses to what we do with it. Though we were brought together years back, technology has recently helped keep us together and continue that relationship. For a couple of decades, we were all separated and in our own islands of life, but our WhatsApp group now has brought 35 of us together again.
Amongst our group, I grabbed a lot of motivation from one of my classmates who started to focus on his health only 10 years ago. It was interesting to learn that he spends at least two hours exercising every day. He set an example by coming to the restaurant on his mountain bike adding to his activity for the day. This was coupled with ordering less food and keeping his intake under control by not falling to the group pressure of going along with the whole group on what was ordered. It took enormous discipline to do that, though I did not follow that example yesterday.
Of course, he is an outlier and it means that not everyone in our group is going to be as successful in taking care of themselves as he does. But yet it was great to see an example of what is possible. It motivated me to try even harder, harder on discipline to exercise more, harder and more disciplined to eat less, and to put myself first whatever it takes.
And yes it did help to see him as a symbol of motivation to relate to and learn from. So, I certainly thank him for being that example.