My dad never really believed in sports.
No one really ever had to tell him he’s not good at it. He kind of just.. Felt it.
And as he grew up it didn’t get better.
He tried to prove that there are other things which are more important, but.. . Found it hard to communicate.
He decided He has to find proof, some scientific explanation that will convince everyone, that all this physical activity is really not that good for you.
And he was restless as he was spending days and nights searching for an answer.
Things got even worse during his military service, as his ideas were not quite in line with the Army’s Agenda.
The years have passed and in 1984, the year I was born, the stars have aligned to cause an event that will affect my life forever.
"We interrupt this broadcast to bring you these shocking news…"
"Author and running Guru James Fixx.."
Wiki: James Fuller Fixx was the author of the 1977 best-selling book:
The Complete Book of Running
He is credited with helping start America's fitness revolution, popularizing the sport of running and demonstrating the health benefits of regular jogging.
Now Jimmy Fix didn’t just Die.
Ironically he died from a heart attack while…
After years of searching for a proof, my dad could not be happier.
"I rest my case!"
It was the happiest day of his life.
As I was growing up, the Fixx fiasco gave him a lot of confidence in his Anti-Sports belief.
"Have you beeeeeen working out??"
And he didn't spare an opportunity to tease my friends and I
And then... He turned 50.
"Mr. Geller Most of the tests' results looks pretty good…"
"But I must say that in your age, you really need to start..."
(echo: ” exercising.. exercising.. exercising…”)
” Mr. Geller, did you hear what I said?”
My dad DID hear.
And my dad is a very disciplined man.
So he ran.
3 MONTHS LATER
"Mr. Geller, I am glad you came."
"You look a little nervous, you’re sweating… is everything okay?"
"Oh.. no. haha…"
"I just... RAN over here ;)”
"Well Mr. Geller, I have some good news and some bad news."
"The good news is that your situation has not gone worse in the past few months".
"The bad news is that it hasn’t improved either."
"So what I suggest is..."
“Since nothing have changed, I guess I won’t be needing these anymore *WINK*”
Every time I see people exercising, I am full of admiration, and wish I could do it too.
But there is something stronger than me, that is engraved in my family's tradition.
"Father, I am sorry I have let you down"
"Son, you dishonor me!"
Oh well. If the family’s honor is at stake, and it means a little 'Dad Belly' when I am old…
LET IT BE