Creating Your Own Independence

Happy 4th of July!

Now as you probably know, Independence Day is a holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

To me, aside from the displays of patriotism and the celebration of the freedoms that we enjoy, I also feel that the 4th of July is symbolic of people pursuing their dreams.

Pursuing your dreams to be the best version of yourself. 

It's never too late to be who you might have been. 

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.

So with that in mind, I wanted to share a story with you about my first client I ever worked with. 

Back in 2007, I started working with Elizabeth. 

She was 81 years young. 

An immigrant, Elizabeth had recently lost her husband and was looking to continue her independence. 

She owned a beautiful home in Kennebunkport, lived by herself, took care of the house and gardens herself, drove herself to our sessions, and is the sweetest little lady you can imagine.

Every day I got to hear stories about coming over from Scotland as an immigrant, living in NYC with her husband who was a lawyer, and of course, her morning cup of tea and how good it was.   

I had the luxury of working with her from 2007-2015 before she moved up to northern Maine to be a bit closer to her son. 

All of our training was built around maintaining her independence. 

Her ability to climb stairs, get up from a chair, or open her pill bottles. 

Today, Elizabeth is 91 years young and still lives on her own in a beautiful lake house up north. 

She takes care of her house, drives everywhere, and is 100% independent. 

I call her every couple months to check in and see how she is doing. 

She's awesome at bringing me to tears by saying something to the tune of...

"Oh Doug, I wouldn't be here today without you. I wouldn't be able to do any of this today without the exercise we did together."

Talk about creating independence. 

That's just another example of how this "exercise stuff" is so much more than sets and reps. 

It's about creating independence. 

Everything from independence so you don't need to ask your husband for help to carry in the dog food to independence so you can live on your own at 91 years young like my friend Elizabeth.

So, as you celebrate today be appreciative for all that you have and the freedoms we enjoy.

Also, use this day to take a moment and celebrate your own personal independence due to the choices you've made to better yourself. 

1% Better.

Dedicated to Your Success,

Doug Spurling