As we get older, we all have to learn: life is not always going to be easy.
You won't always get to spend as much time together as you wish.
You'll work too late.
Your phone will break.
You car insurance will be overdue.
You'll get frustrated with yourself.
You'll feel all alone.
You'll have to put up with unhappy situations.
You're schedules won't line up.
You. Just. Won't. Know. What. To. Do.
At some point, I don't care who you are, you're going to feel all of these things. Myself, I'm not immune to it. Last week I found myself bawling because life just felt too overwhelming. I didn't feel like myself, I felt so silly for being upset. And the worst part was that I couldn't figure out how to make myself feel better. I had no action plan for happiness, and so I dove even deeper into sadness.
The only thing I knew to do was to go to every yoga class I possibly could. After the first class, I felt a tiny lift in emotion, but still, life was walking through a haze, going through the motions, unclear of a vision. With each practice I felt a little more optimistic, and then I found myself in a class where the teacher prompted with exactly what I needed.
"Today, use your practice to rid your body of all the emotions and memories that are no longer serving you. Wring them out, and leave them behind on the mat."
I felt a fire.
I sweat and pushed more than ever. I felt strong, balanced, flexible....I felt confident for the first time in a week. This sadness, it wasn't serving me. I decided right then and there to grow up.
And I'm not saying that I'll never get down about life ever again. Life is a pendulum. But I think that part of becoming an adult is accepting that it won't always be easy. We want someone to hold our hand and make it all ok, but only we can do that for ourselves now. Let go of what isn't serving you, and embrace what will.
And now, to focus on the positive, some weekly scenes of all the GOOD things that have happened lately...
A visit to Kinfolk in Brooklyn.
Custom Power Ride shredin it up at Connie's Ric Rac and a good night with new friends.
Hanging with Free People's Open Call winners in Brooklyn & shooting behind the scenes.
Working with Adam to write a review on our favorite new brunch spot
Hanging around Greensgrow way too much.
A tasty recipe post I had the opportunity to write for the fine blog over at Everyday Minerals
Learning about Aromatherapy and connecting with inspiring women in my own community.