My life has taken a complete 180 in the last few months. I went from having this crazy busy schedule of teaching yoga 4x a week, working 9-5, and juggling a few other obligations to… nothing. I am in a new town, new state, starting to establish some teaching gigs, looking for a job, working on making a community for myself and finishing my holistic health coach studies. My life has has done a complete shift and it seems to be the only thing I can ever think about. Writing has been tough. A friend mentioned that it may be because of all the instability in my life and that as soon as I secure a steady income writing will come fluidly again. I hope he’s right because inspiration is hard to come by these days.
But I will say this whole experience has taught me something that may not surprise most of you – life is freaking scary. When we live in the same town our entire lives, it’s easy to forget the Big Bad World out there. Sure we struggle a bit here and there but for the most part everything is tranquil. Happiness is easy. Yes it may not be exciting but it’s SAFE. A lot of people stay in that space. Now I know why. Now I know why people stay in cozy but often times closed environment. Because moving to a new location where you don’t know anyone, learning new roads and how to live in a completely different house, it takes a certain level of strength and fearlessness that I did not understand till now. Life outside the bubble can be rather intimidating and here’s why – because no one will believe the power of your dreams except for you.
People may try to push you towards your dreams, the Universe may send a million signs, but unless you go for it, you won’t get it. You’re not going to get permission to live your life, you have to LIVE your life. And in the comfort zone it’s easy to stay there because you don’t have to worry about failure and rejection. It’s only when you take a peak outside of this box that you will notice that you actually have to fight for what you want, which can be very intimidating for people. It’s definitely been intimidating for me.
There are a lot of times where I just want to run back home to my parents’ open arms and allow them to support me until I get more stability under my feet. However, I refuse to take them up on that offer because they trained me for this. I am ready for this challenge. There is nothing that the world can throw at me that I am not ready to handle. That’s something I keep in the back of my mind and that’s something I want you to keep in the back of YOUR mind. You have to go after what you want.
It may be scary, you may have a lot of doubt, it may not work out, but go for it anyway. I can tell you as a person in the middle of a transition (I am not quite at the end yet so I do not have that smugness value) that this challenge has pushed me to become a better person more than anything else in my entire life. Going after something bigger than yourself – that is how you build character. That is how you become someone you are proud of. You have to get yourself out of that comfort zone.
What can you do TODAY to push yourself into a new place? Maybe it’s going after that job promotion. Maybe it’s trying a new activity at your gym. Maybe it’s telling your friends or family something that’s been on your mind for a while but you fear their reaction. Whatever it may be, NOW is the time! You will not get permission to chase your dreams. So what are you waiting for?