Most of us in our lives will spend time seeking out that “Third place” that we can use to help strengthen our sense of community. That place between Home (1st), work (2nd) where we can exchange ideas, have a good time and build relationships.
For the younger generation, many third places are now virtual- From Gaming rooms, Facebook groups and group snapchats, but it’s those physical places where people can go and connect that will build that real sense of community: Churches being the most obvious traditionally, parks where new mom groups can gather for play dates, Pubs to go and solve all the worlds ills over a pint or three, fast food restaurants have long been a popular place for retirees to gather and talk over coffee.
The best chance to help someone change their lives is not only to coach them up, give them a great workout and help develop solid nutrition habits, but to become their third place where they not only feel at home but when they walk in are given that Norm from Cheer’s feeling.
This is where we know that we’ve really helped someone, not only when they get strong or lose weight but when they come in to see us and feel right at home.