Spencer celebrated its status as a Blue Zones demonstration site on Thursday night.
I covered the event, but I also went as a supporter. I love the thought of making small steps towards wellness.
I have to say, it was inspiring to see everyone in one room, each blue shirt dancing along with Super Blue during the Movement Time.
It was inspiring to hear "the Dans" speak on what they hope Spencer could become.
By nature, I look to the future. In high school I was imagining myself as a college student. In college, I pictured myself as a member of the work force. And now, two years and two careers in, I picture myself five, ten and even fifteen years from now.
I understand that change is scary. But we don't fear change itself. We fear the unknown. And that makes sense.
And while I may be going out on a limb here, I'm going to argue that there is nothing truly unknown about Spencer becoming Blue Zones certified. Not only are there studies proving the effects of each of the Blue Zones "power nine" principles, common sense dictates that eating a salad instead of french fries is better for one's health.
By now there is enough information out there to no longer claim the unknown. There is no more reason to be scared of this change.
It's here. We're doing this. End of story.
I challenge you to be a part of it. I challenge you to become inspired by others visibly making a change in their own lives. I challenge you to make a difference in your own life.
Blue used to represent sadness and despair. I challenge you to transform that symbol into one representing life-long wellness.