“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.”
Every once in awhile, when you least expect it, something happens that changes the course of your life. The thing about these situations is that, more often than not, you don’t realize how much your life is impacted by seemingly small occurrences.
In early September 2012, Eric and I moved to Bondurant. We chose this community because, much like the town in which we grew up, it was pretty small, had a good school system, and was within a relatively good proximity to our both of our places of employment. Not more than two weeks after we closed on our home, we woke up to find out that a couple from our brand new hometown had won the lottery. Now, considering that we’d just moved to town, we didn’t know who these people were. However, we could immediately recognize that they were pretty awesome human beings because everyone in town was incredibly excited to hear something so great had happened to such a wonderful couple of people. This was the talk of the town for quite a while, and it was pretty exciting to witness the community celebrate right along with them.
As the weeks and months passed, we became more acquainted with our new hometown. We met wonderful people, developed some new friendships, and became accustomed to our new commute(s) to and from work, etc. As all of this occurred, we kept hearing about all of the things that Brian and Mary (the couple who won the lottery) were doing to give back to their community: building and opening the town’s first grocery store, Brick Street Market, and its first fitness facility, Brick House Fitness, making large improvements to the city park, paying off their church’s mortgage, and helping build a new high school football stadium, among many other wonderful things. We quickly realized how awesome this community was and we were so happy to have chosen it to be our new hometown.
Fast-forward about 16 months to April 2014 and the grand opening of the new fitness facility in town: Brick House Fitness. It wasn’t a very big gym, and it was all ‘group fitness’ based-which scared me a bit. But I’d grown up playing sports, always loved to be active, and was looking forward to trying out this new place. To make a long story short, walking through those doors on day one significantly impacted my life. Over the past few years, that gym has become my second home. I rediscovered my love for team-building and training, began to take regain control of my health and wellness-and battling new ones as they came my way, made incredible friends (and quickly learned that country music is not the most popular training music among said friends), and discovered a passion I never knew I had in Olympic Weightlifting. I was even able to combine the two things I love to do—teaching and weightlifting—when I began coaching weightlifting last year. Simply put, to say this place has changed my life would be an understatement.
On January 1, 2018, Brick House Fitness 2.0 will open its doors. Once again, the amazing couple that continues to provide our wonderful community with so much more than we could have ever imagined spearheaded the effort. This new place will be incredible and will offer so much more than we can currently offer to our members. I am so excited to see our community (both in and out of the gym) grow and expand.
However, that ‘little gym’, the one that started it all, will always be special to me. It forever altered my life, and for that I’ll be forever grateful; the impact that it made on my life is one that I’ll never take for granted. It still seems surreal to me that someone else’s good fortune could have such a profound impact on my life. I think it just goes to show how much we can impact the lives of one another simply by doing good things—by being good humans.
So, maybe I didn’t win the $200 million lottery. However, thanks to the two wonderful, selfless people who did, and shared their fortune with their community, I wake up feeling like I did every single day.