And yes, bloggites, of course I talked about you. And you. And obviously, YOU.
In case you’ve forgotten [you haven’t, I won’t let you] I’m involved in this Get Fit Challenge thing. And so I’ve been going to the YMCA a lot more.
Here’s the thing about the Y in middle Tennessee. It’s a BIG DEAL. Like, everybody in the whole city [ridiculous exaggeration] is a member. And in Nashville, there are probably 8-9 YMCA facilities within 20 minutes of my house.
So you can either join ONE of the Ys or you can get a CITY-WIDE membership that is, understandably, more expensive TOTALLY AWESOME. Because then you can go to any Y- you can take a spin class from Marisa at the East Nashville Y and then meet Lyndsay at the Green Hills Y for a Zumba class.[Nope. Not in the same day. I’m hard core, just not THAT hard core.]
But, because I live on a budget, I’m a one Y member. Just Green Hills. I joined about 10 months ago and have always and only been to the Green Hills Y, though the others have beckoned me from a-near [opposite of afar, obviously].
And as I was perusing the YMCA website the other day, I saw that the Downtown Y had a water aerobics class called Aqua-Burn. To which I said, “Thank you sir may I have another” because I heart water aerobics.
Problem = it was at a different Y. So I called and they said I can come ONE TIME AND ONE TIME ONLY to try the class.
I walk in and the man scans my card. I go into a lengthy diatribe [shocker] about how I’m visiting because I may want to get a city-wide membership and I know I’m young but water aerobics is actually fairly challenging…..
He stops me, points at the picture on the screen and says, “Is that you?”
To which I reply, “Uh, yeah, it’s me. I had a great hair day that day and it was summer so I was tan and…”
“Ma’am. You already have a city-wide membership.”
“What? No, I don’t. I’ve been a member for 10 months and I’ve always just had a membership to Green Hills.”
He laughed and said, “well, you’ve actually always been a city-wide member.”
I’ve been wrong. For 10 months. I believed that I had to live with limits that were not mine.
And in some crazy way, God has used this to bring up a lot in my heart. How many areas of my life do I live under false limits because I believe something that is not true?
And I’m reminded of how Jesus set me free.
And I’m going to go to a different YMCA every day simply BECAUSE I CAN.
I am free.
In so many ways.