Some of you may not understand this and others of you will.
Yesterday I logged into my e-mail to find a bunch of friend request and message notifications from SP. I honestly thought, "what is going on!?" I wondered if maybe a bunch of new people signed up (yay!). I also wondered if somehow SP had been hacked and these weren't true notifications. It turns out... They were.
It was in the first message that I read that I realized I'd been chosen as a SP Motivator. To me, this is an honor. This means that the people of SP have recognized my accomplishments. They know I've worked hard. They feel that I'd be someone who others could look to for motivation.
Some of you may think, "okay that's nice... It's a website. What's the big deal?"
The big deal is that SP has become a part of my life. I have "friends" on there who understand my journey; where I've been, where I am, and where I want to be. We've shared stories about our lives - the good and bad; the ups and downs. I feel a great sense of community when I interact with my SP buddies. We give one another tips, support, encouragement, and new ideas. We keep track of one another and we worry when one of us goes MIA. SP is more than just a website to track my nutrition and fitness info. I don't even use it for tracking all the time... I've found that I like the tracking on MFP, so I've been using that more often (although I do still track my fitness on SP).
One of my SP friends is going to do the Princess Half Marathon with me and we're going to try to coordinate to meet up. It's awesome to have someone to train with, who has a common goal, even if we live several states away and our support is virtual.
Being that I feel such a strong sense of community, being chosen as a member who would make a good motivator made me feel really good...Happy, proud, accomplished. It's good to know that I give others the same things that I take from them. It's also a good reminder that this is what I want to do in my career. I want to help others to reach their goals. I want to encourage them and support them. I want to explore their thoughts and feelings. I've always wanted to help people... Until a couple years ago, I never realized that I wanted to do so in the area of health and wellness.
Thank you, SP friends.