You belong

The feeling of not belonging, of not being entirely worthy, of being sometimes hostage to your own sensibilities. Those things speak to me very personally.  ~Anthony Minghella

I joined a new gym a few months back. Not a particularly momentous event, but there it is. It’s a Planet Fitness, and their schtick is about being an anti-gym kinda place. You’re not likely to find women in full spandex, hair and make-up there. Nor are you likely to hear super-bulky men grunting loudly at the free weights. It’s a gym for non-athletic people like me, where we can feel comfortable sucking wind on a treadmill set at 5 mph. (At least for the first few weeks.)

I switched my account from a credit card payment to a checking account withdrawal last week and I got a bag with this on it:

It made me chuckle. I’ve been thinking about belonging a great deal lately. I’m not a super-social creature. I like one-on-one interaction, groups of four people or less. But I’ve gotten better at the social stuff that used to scare me. I actually walked into a friend’s BBQ by myself, even though I knew there would be only one familiar person there. That was  big for me. I didn’t get nervous before I had to speak at a meeting last week. (But I did find that my heart was racing a bit and my hands were shaky when I sat down.)

I love Online Marketing, especially social media, because it allows me to be by myself while still letting me be in touch with others, on my terms. In the 2 years that I’ve been blogging, I seem to have found my people. There’s a whole world of brilliant, loving, hilarious massage therapists out here on the interwebs that I didn’t know existed. Andrea Lipomi and Ryan Hoyme decided to create this space for us, and I am so honored they invited me in.

We understand each other in ways non-massage therapists can’t.
We understand what it is we give of ourselves when we cradle a head in our hands
We understand the balance of earning a living in massage and caring for ourselves to avoid burnout.
We are progressive, happy, tech-minded individuals who are in love with massage.
We are silly, cheesy and post about absurd Star Trek memes regularly.
We dig playing with other massage therapists.

Does this sound like you? Then you belong, too. Welcome.

 

 

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