So... while scrolling through Facebook today, I came across a link to Missing Richard Simmons.
For the life of me, I can't even remember who posted it because once I clicked on it I was hooked the rest of the afternoon.
I know. Must get a life.
Anyway.... I did a double-take before I clicked on it, thinking.... like... you mean... Richard Simmons the fitness guy... HE is missing??
And sure enough, yes. THAT Richard Simmons.
I'm not that into current pop culture these days so who knew he'd been missing in action.
I mean, I can't ever even say I was really a fan, but I do agree he was definitely part of 80's pop culture.
And no, he didn't inspire my current profession. If anything my mom did. She taught aerobics in the 80's... leg warmers & all... and is STILL teaching to this very day.
She was, and still is, a rock star & a force to be reckoned with. She's amazing & I'm proud to be her daughter.
Moving on though.
There's a whole podcast now about him & how he's been missing since February 2014.
To be honest, I find it very fascinating & also a bit depressing.
While he's made millions & has been famous for decades... at the end of the day he's just a regular guy. A guy that for whatever reason, just went MIA.
No contact with anyone whatsoever, even those to which he was closest. No leaving his house... nothing.
And isn't it somewhat relatable that one's public persona isn't always who they are in private?
Isn't it somewhat relatable... that during some of life's darkest circumstances, it would seem easier to just stay in bed or at home behind closed doors, rather than deal with it all?
I'm fascinated by this podcast guy's story-telling of it all so far. He was actually a good friend of Richard's.
Although, maybe many can say they were good friend's of him, but who knows if that was truly reciprocated.
So far there have only been 3 podcasts.
Not sure how long this thing goes on. Or if they eventually get Richard to acknowledge that he's at least alive & doing just fine.
Although we all know what that acronym for FINE means...
Fucked up, Insecure, Neurotic & Emotional.
And who isn't. At least sometimes anyway.
But on another note... I'm looking forward to hanging out with my awesome friends tomorrow night!
I say it over & over again, especially when someone comes to me with some deep stuff going on in their lives.
And I love that we can all leave our lives at the door and just dance.
Dancing is therapy.
Zumba is a format that provides an escape from reality.
Because... let's face it, it's easy to pretend you're JLo on that dance floor when you're surrounded by such safety in knowing we're all dealing with something outside those studio doors.
Or sometimes, maybe we even feel like Richard Simmons, as crazy as it gets in that room!
At times, it can be a mountain to climb to get out of your house & into that gym/studio, but I think we ALL always leave feeling better than when we walked in.
And I could not be more thankful for everyone that crazy class has brought into my life...