• A certain grit is helpful in life. I have seen this to be true in childbirth. We childbirth educators like to talk about “gentle birth” and “peaceful beginnings” and play pretty videos of women sailing on the “waves” of childbirth contractions and breathing their babies out. Yeah. It works like that sometimes, but I have found the woman who turns to that little bit of “tough girl” in her does really well. CrossFit — life — is the same way. Gritty is pretty.
• Wisdom trumps determination. Even though grit and perseverance and keeping moving and all that can get the job done, you still need to be wise about resources, limitations, whatever else. A good CrossFit coach won’t let you injure yourself, for example. And you don’t “grit” your way through a broken leg. Wisdom means you know yourself and what’s going on around you and you proceed accordingly. CrossFit offers lots of opportunities to learn and practice wisdom.
One last note: CrossFit sometimes finds itself in the center of controversy. It’s too hard; it’s dangerous; it’s causing people to get sick or injured. Rubbish. Like everything else, don’t believe the headlines alone. Bad coaching injures people; stupid people injure themselves. The truth is CrossFit enjoys much more successes than failures, and sports like football and soccer cause more injuries per player.
As a homeschooler and home birther, I’m quite familiar with uneducated opinions and criticism about things that seem strange. As I say about those issues, “If you’re going to have an opinion, at least know what you’re talking about. Come, chat with me about it. Better yet, I’ll show you what we do.”
Goshen News columnist Stephanie Price is a wife, mother, teacher, childbirth educator, midwife’s assistant and nursing student from Elkhart. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, 269-641-7249 or on Facebook at the page “Whole Family Column by Steph Price.”