WOW! My little page has made it to 300 likers!!
It makes my heart sing to know that there are 300 other people out there on the road to living a VIVID life and I LOVE sharing that path with each and every one of you. Whether you actively comment on posts, partake in classes, join in challenges, attend get togethers or simply browse the page sometimes, I'm happy you are here :)
To celebrate 300 likers I am writing a post that some of you may find, well, weird! wouldn't be there first time I'd been called that though ;)
I want to celebrate 300 likers by paying homage to the movie '300'
Or to be more specific, the women of Sparta. Stay with me for a minute...
I saw the movie '300' when it came out at the movies.
It's a rather gory film with plenty of blood, but scenes that imitate ancient/historical battles have always fascinated me.
One of the first conversation/bonding points I had with my husband was when we realised we had a common love of the movie Braveheart. You see, I love movies that are full of passion and purpose and have leading men and women who bring this to life. As I sit down to write this I realise there are quite a lot of parallels between Braveheart and 300 and it's those parallels that have me captured when I watch them.
They have STRONG love stories. I'm a girl. I'm a romantic. I LOVE that stuff ;)
The main characters have strong morals.
The essence of their story is about fighting for what you believe, having courage in your convictions. Fighting for freedom.
This is how I like to live my life :)
So back to 300. What is its relevance other than the title?
For those of you who don't know anything about the movie here's the gist of it:
"In the ancient Battle of Thermopylae, King
Leonidas and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his
massive Persian army. Facing insurmountable odds, their valor and
sacrifice inspire all of Greece to unite against their Persian enemy,
drawing a line in the sand for democracy.
Well when I watched it at the movies I felt compelled to come home and jump on the internet to find out some more about these Spartan women. I'm not naive enough to think that movies represent history completely accurately but when I did some further reading I found that the parts of the character, Queen Gorgo, that I loved and the role that she played, were, in actual fact, not far from the truth. Spartan women are renowned for being educated and economically empowered in a way that no other society of the time allowed.
Spartans placed a HUGE amount of emphasis on physical strength as it really was down to a matter of survival of the fittest, which the movie well illustrates. Spartan women shared the fitness ethic that was at the societies core and engaged in athletic training and competitions. See, now you can see why I liked it so much ;)
There are some powerful moments in the movie that are totally empowering for both men and women.
I guess that's my whole point and the parallel I am drawing with Vivid. I often talk about the empowerment that can come from physically exerting yourself, pushing your own limits, being mentally strong.
I encourage you all to watch this movie if you haven't already. Or maybe to watch it again ;)
If nothing else it is definite eye candy! In a society where physical prowess is of utmost importance these guys and girls have the bodies to show for it! I think that is another reason I appreciate it so much, because from a training point of view, I know just how much hard work is involved in having a body like a Spartan!!
On that note I will leave you with something I found called "The 300 Workout"
Looking forward to seeing our little community continue to grow and spreading the word on living VIVILY as far as we can :)