Sophrosyne

How do you want to live your life?

This post was inspired by something that happened to me last week. I was agonising over whether to purchase another 1 month deal with my current yoga studio because I will be going away on a family holiday in 2 weeks; which means that I will only be utilising only 2 weeks out of the 4 weeks that I pay for.

 

Now, coincidentally a new yoga studio opened up closer to where I live and I did briefly consider trying it out since it is so much nearer. So, I hatched a plan to try out this new place for the next 2 weeks. Even better, they put out a Groupon deal, for those of you who do not know what Groupon is, it is a marketing platform for business owners where customers can buy products and services at a ridiculously low price. The aim is not to make any money out of it, the purpose is to create awareness and get people through the door.

So, I happily purchased the deal and off I went excitedly last Friday for my very first class. Now, because the purpose of this blog is not to review the studio, I will simply say that it was not a good experience for me at all. The mere thought of returning there made me feel really awful.

I tried talking to a few good friends about it, hoping to get to some form of decision; whether to stick it out or for someone to tell me that it is okay to let it go. The answer came from a good friend who happened to be a great yoga teacher. She told me that it could be a learning experience for me. The first thought that came to mind was that it was a different style of practice that I am used to, so yes…maybe I could further improve my practice through persistence.

The real learning came to me after a night of tossing and turning because I was trying to come to a decision all night. It was as clear as can be. As an avid learner, I would hate it if my reason for not pushing on was because it was taking me out of my comfort zone. I admit that I was pushed to my limit during that practice but if I truly cannot get out of my comfort zone, I would not even have walked in the door!

My lesson is to learn to listen to myself and do what makes me happy. I thrive on pushing my boundaries and I have! I tried something new and hated it. No point sticking it out just because I wanted to save a few bucks. How often do we overlook our own wellbeing just because we refuse to listen to our inner voice? I am glad that I am able to jump over this hurdle this time with the help of supportive friends. We often get caught up with the initial plans and are unable to be flexible or worse still, we think we are doing the right thing while the whole time this right thing is eating us up inside.

So my message to you today is: Choose you every time, do not allow the situation to choose you.

i choose

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