Dear Mythos Family,
I recently was lucky enough to take a trip to New Orleans. While there I met the most wonderful of human beings who for our purposes will call James. James is a free soul who lives his life one day, hour, minute, and second at a time. He has thrown off cultural and social expectations and lives life as he sees fit. While his lifestyle isn’t for everyone, he taught me a great deal about how we should approach everything, including fitness.
While there, one of James’ favorite activities was to walk up to a passerby and ask them “Are you alive?”. I asked him why you chose to do this and the answer surprised me in its depth.
James patiently explained to me that so many people walk through life worrying about the minutiae, wanting to pick fights and arguments, spread drama and rumors, break friendships and relationships out of fear. He developed a habit of asking a person when they tried to confront him about a topic that didn’t truly matter by asking “Are you alive?!”. This would quickly quell any arguments, any desire to pick a pointless fight. He since then has made it a habit to ask strangers the same question three times, especially those who seemed lost in spirit. The results were entrancing to watch.
Most individuals would initially react by throwing up walls. Here was this tall, grinning, wild haired man getting in their personal space and asking an intensely intimate question. Many would react with “yes…” with a good deal of hesitation. James would continue smiling and allow them a moment then ask the question again. They would reply with a more affirmative and slightly annoyed”Yes”. On the third ask, something beautiful would happen. You could see the change, the shift, the introspection, where the person realized and FELT that they were alive. For most, this brought a joy that brought walls down. The final yes was heartfelt, and you couldn’t help but smile with them. James made many friends that day as we walked the streets of the Quarter.
So what does this have to do with fitness and exercise? Well, for those of you who have achieved a new skill, have broken a personal record on something, have been lying on the floor breathless at the end of a workout, and especially those who have experienced heartfelt friendship from those you suffer with, you KNOW what it feels like to be alive. In that one hour of your day, YOU ARE ALIVE.
Our hope at Mythos 150 is to give you a space where you feel alive. Our goal is you can take that feeling and keep it with you as you move into the outside world, outside of the gym walls. It goes beyond fitness, it becomes a Journey.
If we succeed in creating this for you, we hope that you run into James somewhere deep in the French Quarter, you will have your answer ready.