It’s funny to me that this post will be a yogic-centric post… Since I haven’t gone to class in a week. Before reasons to go come pouring in, trust me on this: I know. I can recite all the reasons to attend class by heart because I’ve told them to my friends, my family and myself thousands of times. But let’s awkwardly change the topic…
The subject of this, coincidentally, has to do with yoga and self-worth. I was listening to The School of Greatness with Lewis Howe this morning with guest Mark Sisson. While a lot of the conversation revolved around endurance training and the “primal diet,” what I took away was something a little different. When asked what three things he would want people to know, his first answer was:
If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.
Of course I’ve seen that written on hipster background sunsets (haven’t we all). Something, though, in the last couple weeks has clicked for me. It stuck. Whatever weird nonsense I see on the Internet when I search for inspiration finally crystallized.
Not a lot of people I know do things that are hard for them. They like to remain in their comfort zone, and ignore this beckoning potential that keeps trying to catch their attention. There’s nothing wrong with that. This post isn’t about convincing other people to do what I’m doing.
This post is about self worth. Doing yoga, working out, pushing yourself is never easy. Whenever you find yourself doing something new or challenging, it shouldn’t be a walk in the park. Doing these kind of things makes you different, and not everyone is doing it.
For the longest time, when people asked me why I lost weight or why I chose to do things that are hard for myself, I would shrug. It just happened, I found myself saying. Anyone can do it, you can do it! Modesty and humility is how women ought to act, right? Please. But yesterday, I changed my mind. No, better. I changed my perspective on myself.
Imagine you’re trying to take a selfie and the camera angle is making you look unattractive. Now tilt the camera down on yourself so that it’s the “perfect” tilt: suddenly you seem much more beautiful. That’s sort of what it feels like.
What I’ve done, what people do when they challenge themselves, we should all be celebrating ourselves. We should acknowledge we did something hard and that like that damn quote says, if it was easy, everyone would be doing it.
Self worth isn’t just about looking at yourself in the mirror and being content. Self worth is having the courage to admit that you did something really hard and it was worth it. It’s me being able to look at myself and say, I’m doing something and I want to stop because it’s hard… But I choose not to. I will choose to continue and know how hard it is. I will take a moment to be proud of myself and everything that I have accomplished, no matter what it is. After all, if it wasn’t, everyone would be doing it with me.