The idea of Having a Better Idea

Where have we been?

There are numerous ways to answer this question. I can talk about how our technology has developed. Or I could possibly share a story of where I’ve been and where I hope to be. However, I feel it would be most productive if I spoke about how we as a species have developed our ideas and prospective. We as a people have been through a lot throughout our years of developing. In the beginning, we were very narrow minded in my opinion, fearing all that we do not know. We also were very conservative, stuck in our old ways, doing whatever our ancestors did. Before, the world was very different. We treated people with a specific skin colour as slaves, while we burned people who were believed to be “witches”. Over history, we see patterns of a specific race coming on top out of all situations. Millions of people died because of believing in a certain god. It’s crazy to think that nations were split into two parts because the colour of our skins. We started wars and caused the death of millions of people because we wanted more “power”. The world we lived in before was full of minds that didn’t have prospective. Fortunately, our world has developed into a new era. An era where people defend each other if a racial slur is said or if someone is targeting a certain type of race. Years ago, people would feel uncomfortable if someone liked someones from the same sex. However, the same conversation if spoken today would be more pleasant. People would be more accepting of your difference, something that we would think would be impossible decades ago.

Where are we going?

As a society, we can alway improve. I think out problems have changed from being obvious to not so obvious. But in the future, will people say that our problems were so obvious even though we think they aren’t? Only time will tell, but I think our minds can always improve. The way we interpret ideas and make decisions can be done in a way that is fair and unbais. The way we take information could also be improved. I believe we are going to a generation where we will focus on external problems such as global warming instead of internal problems like corrupted law enforcements. I can’t really say what we can improve on or where we are going because it isn’t so obvious to me. However, it will be. People sometimes learn from their mistakes, and once we see the mistakes a generation has made, we will improve on them.

In-Depth Post #4: Over doing it?

Hello all,

a few more weeks have passed, and I can genuinely say that I am tired. With the adventure trip starting up and new courses coming into play, my life has been far from easy lately. I guess it is partly because I am not use to everything yet and still am adjusting, but sometimes I ask myself a common question: am I over doing everything? To add onto my CrossFit life, I have PE in my fourth block and Rugby after school on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. To finalize everything, a lot of higher ranked cadets in my cadet core are leaving, so lower ranked cadets (including myself) are being moved to bigger positions with more responsibilities. I’m excited to take on a bigger leadership role in cadets. However, with me tiring myself out with all this fitness and the ongoing stress of homework, will I survive at the end? Or am I digging myself a hole?

Honestly though, when I try really hard, I know I can manage all these activities. I have never experienced anything so stressful in my life, but once I get through it, I can do anything. I just can’t wait to see myself in the end of everything.

Besides my sore body, CrossFit has continue to go well. I am seeing myself improve exceptionally in both my mental and physical state. I am concentrating and paying better attention in class, as well as been steadily growing stronger. I am definitely seeing the benefits of CrossFit. I’m glad that I chose it as my In-Depth project. I am constantly learning new techniques in the world of CrossFit. For example, just last week I learned how to do a power jerk, which really works out your arms and back. The main focus was technique for me, which I am still trying to master. I can’t do as many pounds as I want, but overtime I will gradually increase the amount of weights I can lift. My mentor has been very supportive of me through the past couple of weeks. Since I got my wisdom teeth removed, he has been helping me get back on my feet and into the routine I was in before.

Since my mentor is the professional, I always give my full attention and listen to Rob without any hesitation. Although he values different ideas than me, like how he thinks CrossFit should be left to the elites while I think everybody should be introduced to CrossFit to some extent, I can always see his prospective and agree from where he’s coming from. I am constantly learning new information from the world of fitness when I listen to him, and I constantly ask him questions to further my understanding. i ask questions like, “do you believe body building is healthier than CrossFit?” or “is a certain part of your body more likely to get injured when doing this type of workout?”. These are all questions that help me understand.

Evermore, he has great answers to the questions I ask. Even though I might ask a little too many questions, I hope he sees it as me trying to improve myself. I ask a variety of questions. For example, I might ask, “What is a healthy body mass for my height and age?” or “Should I feel pain in a certain muscle group after doing a certain workout?”. I ask these questions to clarify any questions I had wondering around in my head. Additionally, when I need help with a certain workout, he demonstrates it slowly and properly, and does it with me to make sure I understand. I don’t ask many multiple choice questions however, since I feel like I would get better answers from being specific and focusing on one question.

Thank you for reading! Come again!

In-Depth Post #3: A New Hobby

Good evening. I hope you are all doing well.

The past few weeks of doing CrossFit have been a little more than exhausting. But in the few weeks I have been doing it, I am really starting to enjoy it! There is something about getting up and doing an intense workout that gets the blood flowing. I love the feeling accomplishing something so early, and having the rest of the day to do more. Many find it hard to work out during the day, and I understand why that would be. There are so many task of life going on in everyone’s lives and to top it off by adding an hour workout? It’s ridiculous. That’s why waking up every morning isn’t as hard as everyone thinks. Thankfully I found my motivation.

So in the past few week, I have seen a great improvement in my fitness! Although it has only been a short period of time, I can see some difference in my body and the amount of workouts I can do. For example, I remember in the start that I could only do about 25 consecutive proper push-ups. However, my push-up count has boosted to about 35, maybe 40 push-ups! The fact that I can see small improvements like this within such a small amount of time gives me hope and excitement to what I could possibly do at the end of in-depth.

Another reason I believe I am enjoying CrossFit so much is because how supported I feel when I arrive to workout. There aren’t a lot of people in the morning group when I workout, but the people who are there are really nice. I have met a few teachers who workout before heading to school to teach for a full day. Although I am new and anxious, they are always there to help me when I don’t understand a specific workout or if I am doing something wrong. And my mentor has also been extremely helpful with me as I continue to grow. He has to work with many people, so I understand when he doesn’t always talk to me. But when he does, he is quite helpful and interesting to talk to. Although I haven’t used De Bono’s, “Now that is interesting” (p. 49), I show my mentor that I am interested by asking further questions. I ask about how he got into CrossFit, and what steps did he take to open SheepDog CrossFit. He is quite open and willing to share his story. To be interesting on my part, I share facts about myself like the goals I want to accomplish in cadets, the careers I want to pursue, or the daily school life of a high-school teenager. Although it is not on topic, I share information about myself that he might find interesting and can relate to. However, I usually focus on CrossFit when I ask what if questions. My what if questions revolve about a fitness activity. For example, I would ask what muscle would I work out if I did this instead of this? My what if questions further my knowledge on CrossFit. I always clarify with him whenever I am in doubt, for my knowledge and safety. I could injure myself at any moment, so it is important you know what you are doing. I can’t really share any past knowledge about my fitness life with him because I don’t have any adequate experience that he or I would benefit from, but I respond by asking questions to further my understanding.

A new semester is about to start, and I am ready to take on the challenge of new classes, new classmates, adventure trip planning, cadets, and CrossFit. It will be an interesting time for me, and hopefully I get through it without breaking anything.

Thanks for reading, and chow for now!