This guy! The FLAMAN fitness guy that works out on top of the FLAMAN fitness building on Albert Street has been an inspiration to me since I came to Regina. He never stops, just keeps on striding on his ski machine thing on top of the building no matter what the weather. He wears this kind of Santa suit thing in the winter just to be festive even. Hot sun, super windy, freezing cold, he's been doing it. So consistently until THIS WINTER.
Sadly, this winter seemed to break him. It's so sad! When we left for Australia in December, he was striding away in his Santa suit, inspiring all who drove by. But then, when we returned in February, he was halted mid stride. And he hasn't strode since! Poor fella. Boy that was some winter. Even the FLAMAN fitness guy is stopped. I think it crushed my spirit a little too in February.
I keep looking up at him every time I pass, hoping he finds the energy to start back up again, but every time I check, I am disappointed. He may be well and truly dead. And there he stands, broken in mid-stride. I am sad, but what an effort was sustained in all the rest of the time. It's not to be minimized. I kind of wish he would come down off his perch now that he's not moving though. It seems like a reminder that you just can't keep it up sometimes. Feels disheartening for life. Nothing is forever.
Maybe if they took him down and set him up inside with a drink so at least he seems happy. I don't know, it is Friday, maybe he just needs a change.