Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to have my hair and makeup done for a photo shoot. I have never felt so beautiful in my entire life. My friend, Kaylin, is one of the best professional makeup artist in the St. Louis area. And not even one month ago she set up shop in my little tiny house and made me feel the most beautiful I've ever felt in my entire life. Glamorous! That's how I felt, so glamorous. She made me feel like a whole new person by taking the time to glam me up. I loved it!
Yesterday, while at work, cleaning toilets. I thought to myself, back to that day and how glamorous I felt, that mixed with all this hard work and the feed back I get that I lead this "glamorous" life of working out and eating healthy and making funny videos for Instagram and so on and so fourth-- yet here I am cleaning the toilet of a stinky men's locker room at the gym. I'm not sure if yall knew this, but in addition to the my nutrition and personal training, I also help manage the gym.
As I was walking out of the locker room to get some more cleaning products, one of the older gentlemen who I see day after day, gave me a big grin and hard time about keeping the locker rooms clean and how he noticed I'm always "bouncing around like a ping pong ball," 😂 he said "you are just bouncing all over the gym cleaning it."
We talked and joked back and forth for a minute and then he asked me, why if I had so much other stuff going on don't I just delegate out the cleaning of things like the toilets, for example 😏. Honestly I'm not even sure what I answered. I'm positive it was something sassy and sarcastic, because that's just how I am. Especially with these regulars I have at the gym. 🙊😂
But as I walked away and went back to cleaning my toilets. I thought to myself, about his question. He's right I could easily delegate things like cleaning toilets to some of my evening girls. And honestly sometimes I do, there's just not enough hours in the day and I don't have time to get to it. But when I do have time, I always do it!
The reason behind that is the same reason and the concept behind it is very similar to that of why, I teach free classes at the gym. And that reason is, because it matters, it's important. To be completely honest I could fill a paying client in those free class slots with a drop of a hat. But I will never do that, no matter how busy I get I will never not offer those free classes. And no matter what my position or rank is at my job, I will never not clean the toilets. Why? Because it matters. Those things, matter.
Somewhere along the way our society has lost the respect we once had for the oil that runs of the machine. The people who our society would literally crumble without.
Some how it has became the norm, to look down or feel above those who clean toilets, or flip burgers, or pick up trash, the truck drivers, the farmers, the janitors the blue-collar people who do the jobs that most people don't want to do.
All of a sudden it is expectable for everyone to be so driven by a dollar or glamour to achieve their success-- that they felt doing things like cleaning the toilets or doing something for free because it was right, was below them or not worth their time. It's to bad honestly, as it's so important to hang on to where you came from, to keep that in front of you as you climb the ladder to your desired success. For me success means happiness-- they are the same thing. I'm not worried about money or status. I could care less about keeping my hands clean and not "having to" work. I just want to be happy.
It doesn't bother me at all to clean those toilets at the gym, it's not my first choice but I don't mind it. It's important to be proud of and help take care place you work at. That's why I clean the toilets.
Until the day I stop training I will teach free classes for members at the gym, I WILL NEVER charge for them regardless of the success I achieve through all of this. Why? Because what I do has nothing to do with me, and everything to do with the people I work with. I want those people to feel comfortable, I want them to trust me. I want them to know that they can come to me and ask me how or what and I'm not going to turn my nose up to them because of a dollar. I won't do it.
Below is a picture from the day that Kaylin made me feel the most glamorous I've ever felt. I would be lying if I said I felt like this as I'm cleaning toilets at the gym 😂✋🏼. I for sure don't. But the point is I'm the same person. On that day, feeling so glamorous. And yesterday sweaty and disgusting mess with a backwards hat on on my hands and knees scrubbing the toilets! It's the same person.
I can promise you one thing, there are glamorous and not so glamorous parts to EVERY job! It's a matter of seeing it or not! Be nice to the oil that runs our Machines people. No one is better than anyone.