In the past five weeks. It has taught me that the difference between can and can’t is mostly imagination, perception, vision, and creativity. Without creativity, we see only “can’t” - we see only the way things used to be. A client of mine asked, “how many local clients do you think will remain on virtual after this pandemic craziness is over?” I didn’t have an answer, because I hadn’t even imagined it. But as he explained why he would do half in person and half in virtual, I began to picture a different future.
Others echoed the sentiment. Several clients said they will INCREASE frequency now that they realized at-home workouts were as or more effective. No commute. No getting ready. No calendar restrictions. No weather impediment. No issue with locale. I started to see how when they or I travel, we no longer need to accept a disruption to their fitness process.
The line between can and can’t is so thin that a student of history may describe an “impossibility” as “possible” by merely looking forward another five years. Sending thoughts at a distance? Impossible before couriers, mail, telegraph. Sending thoughts through the air? Impossible before email, text, satellite.
Effective fitness virtually? Impossible only without imagination and vision. With even a tiny bit of imagination and creativity, virtual sessions are more effective than anything which came before them. Look around; and you’ll see that countless people are stronger and leaner than before the stay-at-home order. People who've kept schedules and regularity have kept mental and physical health.
The world will always present us with new challenges. Thus is the arc of time. Those with no vision are stuck in the past. Those with imagination forge an enviable present, which once was an impossible future.