The other day I was thinking about why I am Fatty McFat Fat and why my brothers are not. We have the same genes yet I’ve turned out chubbily when they are all quite fit. All three of them are excellent athletes and played varsity baseball at least one year in high school. My brother JT played four years of baseball. My brother Ronald also ran track and cross country. They are all extremely athletic guys.
I only managed one year as an “athlete” in high school, playing tennis in the very last varsity spot on the team my freshman year. After that my athletic endeavors dwindled from recreation softball to nothing until I started working out again in college. My brothers had the opposite experience. They played sports throughout high school and have stayed active since going to college.
I wonder sometimes why we had such different experiences. My brother JT has the same build as me and the same sweet tooth. He eats more candy and food than I could imagine eating. He could just as easily have become the fat kid. But he didn’t. He is still in shape (muscular even) while my shape sometimes could be categorized as “round.”
When I think about my siblings more I realize this profound difference in how we turned out doesn’t make me sad about my own situation. It gives me hope. When I look at my athletic brothers and then back at myself and wonder, Why can’t I be an athlete? I realize there is no answer.
There is nothing that makes me different from my brothers. I could be just as fit as they are if I had not previously chosen other endeavors over fitness (mainly, eating and reading). But if I want to be an athlete now – I will be. I will never be a pro athlete or even super competitive at a sport, but I sure as hell can play.
I can definitely be like my brothers who are all at a healthy weight and living an active lifestyle. The only thing that has been stopping me is myself. My mind. Because that is the only difference between my brothers and I. But my mindset regarding life, fitness, daily exercise is changing. I’m going to be like my little brothers and be as athletic as my body allows. Maybe one day I will even beat one of them at a race or other sport.