Been learning a ton of not so fun lessons as of late. Learning the hard way has me feeling a bit beat up, but I definitely feel I am becoming stronger and more capable than I have been for years.
A lot of shitty stuff went down the last few months. And I let it get to me. There’s turning the other cheek and then there’s paying someone to punch you in the face so you can maintain the shiner. After the first unsolicited blow, I kept going back for more. Poking at the bruise. Finding ways to make it all worse. People pity you more when they can see your pain. I throw a good pity party. Sometimes, being the center of attention is all your bruised ego needs. Invite some friends, complain, cry, hug it out and then let them give you the swift kick in the ass that you deserve.
After a few legit bad things happened I sort of threw in the towel for a little while. If life was a marathon, I tripped and fell over a log, then sat down where I landed pouting and claiming that I was losing buckets of blood from the tiny scrape on my knee. I’m not proud of my behavior. I hope that this is not my reaction to every bump and bruise. But I do believe the time I took to feel awful, and invite others to commiserate with me, helped to jumpstart some real growth.
During this time, I was able to identify and learn from my mistake. However, I also really slacked off in my classes. I was not fully planning flows or studying anything to get inspiration for themes. (Part of me really wants to go back and erase this confession so that no one I know finds out the truth…) I was working on autopilot and my students were the ones who suffered.
I still received compliments for my classes. No one yelled at me or stopped coming. Still, I felt awful. I was only half there. I was not connecting with anyone in class and I shut myself down so that no one could possibly connect with me. I had lost my confidence, but worse, I lost all hope of finding it by giving up. Instead of trying to demonstrate that I was a good teacher and this was the right path, I opted to believe that because sucky things were happening, I sucked too.
Until one day when I decided to try to clean my room. I uncovered some old Yoga Journal Magazines and flipped through the flows. It inspired me to research alignment of Warrior I. I sat in the middle of a ring of books and training manuals with YouTube videos on cue and really felt that spark once more. The spark that made me want to share this practice with not only those I know and love, but with complete strangers.
The past few weeks I have been re-exploring poses and creating new flows. I have been stockpiling intentions for those times of idea drought. I have been giving classes, not just leading them. I have been able to truly connect with people, and know that this is what I’m meant to be doing. At least for now.
So go ahead. Throw a pity party. Make it grand. But don’t stay too long or it will be harder to wake up from the inevitable hangover.