By Wendy Wolfson, Instructor at Flywheel
I met Sweat Life founder Aly Teich about three years ago in a Fhitting Room class, and we were immediate friends. She was a total badass who knew when to push herself and those around her, but, and also more importantly, she knew when to laugh. We connected in so many ways, and one more significant than either of us knew at the time. We were both supporting parents through their toughest battle ever — cancer.
My father was diagnosed with kidney cancer about four years ago, and sadly lost his battle in July of 2014. He was my best friend, my sounding board, my source of strength, guidance, and my heart. We understood each other. So much so that we didn't even need to say anything, we both knew what the other was thinking. There is a space in my heart that will be reserved for him for as long as I live.
I have two children who were ages 5 and 8 at the time of my father¹s death. It is their lust for life and boundless energy (along with the support of my husband, friends, and family) that got me through the darkest of days.
The years leading up to my dad’s death were the most difficult for all of us. My children watched a man who literally lit up a room when he walked in, be bound to a bed, asleep most of his last days.
They didn't fully understand how sick their grandpa was, but regardless, they needed their Mommy and a sense that things were okay. Most importantly, they needed to know that it's okay and GOOD to feel happy and enjoy life, even at its darkest hour. With my husband and I continuing to keep up with their school, activities, friends and schedules, it allowed all of us to achieve some balance. They literally kept me going. They made me laugh, they took my mind off the hurt, even if it was briefly, and they reminded me how good it felt to laugh and smile. My children, without them even knowing it, became such a source of strength for me at a time I felt weakest.
They did and always will love their Grandpa endlessly. I'm so happy they had such wonderful, memorable times together that makes them part of who they are now and who they will grow to be.
Whether it applies to your workouts or your life, remember it's always good (and healthy!) to find a way to laugh. That's what my Dad would have wanted and that's what my children have reinforced. As the saying goes — when you smile, the whole world smiles with you.
Wendy Wolfson has had a life-long passion for health, fitness, dance and music. Above anything else, she believes that proper fitness is integral to balance and success in the most important facets of life - family, career, relationships, and fundamental happiness. Wendy's love for music and movement started at the age of five; she studied tap, jazz and ballet for over 15 years and, after graduating college, channeled her love for dance into fitness. Wendy happily put her event planning career on hold to stay home with her family full time in 2005. This was a period of great joy and satisfaction for her, but also a time spent learning how to balance the priorities of a family with the necessity of self-maintenance - something all parents experience. It was then that Wendy discovered her passion for indoor cycling and became a certified spinning instructor.