It’s been a while since I trekked up to the Great White North and visited my
childhood friends and family.
Too long in fact.
It’s very easy to get sidetracked by the great standard excuse of "busy with
Too easy in fact.
My family means the world to me and I admit to feeling overwhelmed at the
thought of seeing everyone again.
My oldest brother, Al, turned 50 earlier this year. Can’t wait to give him all
kinds of grief about that!
My other brother, Mike, is doing quite well, but given all the childhood
"beatings" he gave me, I intend to cook up something good to razz him
about as well!
My parents are both in great health and spirits.
My Irish Mom is feisty as ever and will most assuredly have a few choice
words for her baby boy considering he hasn’t been home for nearly two years.
My Dad, always the patriarch and calming influence over my family, is doing
absolutely great for a man of 80+ years and will almost certainly want to spend
some time with me showing me around his precious backyard garden.
Family is important.
But family comes in all shapes and sizes.
Truly and very sincerely, I consider my IYCA Family as an important an influence
in my life as I do my biological kin.
There are a lot of reasons someone may feel proud of themselves.
But I’m not going to bother listing them all right now.
I want to cut right to the chase.
I did it.
You did it.
We did it together.
We’re making ‘them’ stand up and take notice.
We’re forcing them to respond to us and what we have to say.
We didn’t ask for their input, but we forced them into taking action.
The fitness world is about to embark on something very interesting.
The ‘youth fitness’ craze is about to take over and organizations are
going to start having a ‘mission statement’ and ‘solutions’ approach
to the matter.
It’s about time.
,h3>But there’s two things you have to remember about the IYCA –
1) Youth is our ONLY concern. We’re not a buffet. We don’t offer all
things to all people. You wouldn’t go to the OB-GYN if they also
happened to be a Dentist. Specializing means you know that topics
better than anybody else and can provide the correct kind of information
to actually get things done.
2) We’re you-centered and Member-driven. Family first. We care about
your successes and achievements more than anyone else. If you don’t
feel that, odds are you’re not paying attention.