There are plenty of days where I’m not really up for a challenge. I would rather just stick to the same old – same old routine and play it safe. Just go with what I know and with what feels most comfortable. This way, I know what’s coming and I can be somewhat prepared for it. But life doesn’t work that way. We can’t control everything (believe me I try) and getting out of our comfort zone is key in order to make life a little more interesting. “A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.”
Today, I made a decision to really step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself. I signed up to take a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) which will take place over the next 6 months. Taking this training is something I have always wanted to do but never really allowed myself to even “go there.” I always thought there’s no way I could do it. I found a million and one excuses to not take a walk out of my safety area aka comfort zone. Guess you could say I just wasn’t up for the challenge.
If you’ve been following along with my blog (and for those of you who know me), you know I’m on a continuous journey to REALLY love the skin I’m in. I want be comfortable with who I am…on the inside as well as the outside. This is something that has never come easy for me and I have to work hard at it every single day. I believe most of us have to. Having struggled for most of my life with an eating disorder, I’ve had to put in a little extra work to love the person on the other side of the mirror. I’ve mentioned countless times that I am a work in progress. My life is constantly under construction and there’s always something to improve.
The YTT is going to force me to go beyond the surface and discover more about who I am. It will challenge me physically, emotionally, mentally…but I’m ready to take the time to get to know myself better. Regardless of what happens, I promised to go easy on myself as I begin this new journey. I don’t need to put myself down before I even begin or be negative about how I’m doing during the training. My body is my home and I will not tear it down. I repeat: my body is my home and I will not tear it down.
We all face challenges everyday. Some are scary, some are exciting. Some make us want to lie down and take a nap, and some make us want to puke. Whatever challenges you are facing right now in your life, remember that it’s ok to be afraid. It’s ok to want to stay in the safe area. Let’s not forget that I started this blog because I never want people to feel alone…it’s so important that we never feel alone in this life. I have always wanted to connect with others and it turns out that what I’m writing about actually ends up being the pep talk that I need. I’m sorry if I sound redundant…it happens. However, throughout my life whenever I was struggling, hearing other people’s stories is what has helped me. It’s what has pulled me through some dark times. I would think “if they can do it, I can do it!” Without a doubt, my struggle is part of my story. Your struggle is part of your story.
As always, thank you for taking the time to read. Be kind to yourself. Maybe take a little walk outside of your comfort zone this week. It’s ok if you turn right back around, but be happy knowing that you at least you tried.