The 79 Year YOUNG LADY IN THE BACK ROW...
I'm always so blown away, uplifted and just humbled every time I teach my Tuesday classes at Kaman Senior Fitness in Hilo. There is never a dull moment that these amazing new frenz show me what LIFE IS REALLY ALL ABOUT.
Yesterday, would seem like an ordinary day. But NOT!!! All my new frenz are over 55, that's the requirement to participate in the seniors program. But that's not the spark to the fuse. NOPE!!!
What is, is that each one in my class has a unique story to tell.
Like Miss H, the beautiful Japanese lady in the back row. Firstly, she's 79 years young, and frail as hell. She comes up to me on the first day of class and tells me, "I love your class, but I can't lay on the floor because the dust is not good for my lungs. So I will just sit in the chair and workout." I say that's fine, do what works for you and keep it safe. She says, "Can you tell me what I can take to put on weight? Because, I told my doctor that I can't eat, and have no appetite." I tell her, "Ask your doctor about supplements such as protein and other types of medications you may need." She tells me, "Okay, but I don't take medications. I don't like too." Me, "How are you staying so healthy, and energized with all the working out you do?", Her "I live by myself for 30 years, I have to be this way. I will ask my doctor and see you next week." Me, "Sounds good." Hug, both ways. She walks away.
It's now this week, everyone's in class, she comes in a few minutes late, all smiles and I go up to her to see if she needs to borrow my 2 lb dumbbells. She says she got new ones and she's fine. OK class takes off, everyone is happy, going good, class ends.
Saying good byes, Miss. H, is speaking to another lovely lady in class, the lady says, I told Miss. H, to tell her doctor to give her Medical Marijuana. Okay!!!!, at this point I'm like ah, what!!!
So I ask Miss H. on a personal level is she okay, She beams at me with her bright smile YES!!!, But I still feel yukky when I smell food. Can't eat that much."
Me, "Why?", Than she tells me she had Breast Cancer, and got over it, but now she has LUNG CANCER, and it's making her not want to eat food, and she lost 30 lbs in the last month. Me. "I'M GETTING REALLY WORRIED AT THIS POINT!"
OKAY, AT THIS POINT I'M JUST BLOWN OUT OF THE WATER!!!
JEEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZESSSSS.... As she keeps smiling at me.
I say, HOW IN THE WORLD ARE YOU DOING ALL THAT YOU DO WITH ALL OF THIS.
She smiles in her way, and says...
"I live by myself. I have to carry everything by myself. I have to do everything for myself. I love life. I'm happy. I want to keep exercising. I WANT TO KEEP LIVING!!!!"
We both looked at her, and was in that moment so HUMBLED BEYOND MEASURE, I really didn't know what to say.
She gives me this bug hug, in that KNOWING WAY, AND SAYS SHE WILL SEE ME NEXT WEEK. I had to do all I could to not let tears down my face.
That brought it all home for me... NOW I KNOW WHY I DO WHAT I DO... BIG MAHALOS MISS. H. A magnificent star burning bright. Love you big time. ~ sincerely ~ Puakea
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