Day 3 – Reflecting on Day 2
Day 2 was the worst day and yet the best day so far. My head was throbbing and I was grumpy and hungry. I had no plans in the evening so I forced myself to go to hot yoga pilates! I knew if I stayed home I would end up eating, so off I went and I learned two LIFE lessons that I think are worth sharing.
1) Success is found at the precipice of failure.
Yes, this statement that I have coined came to me at the bitter end of my hot yoga class as I was in the ‘meditative phase’. In reality, I was praying with all my might that I make it out of the class and home without passing out. And the reason that line came into my head is because I was quite literally at the precipice of passing out and barely making it. So I gathered every bit of energy my body muster up and finished the class in a composed manner and drove myself home safe. Once I turned the car engine off, I sighed and smiled.
2) Give thanks to your body.
This too came to me during my meditative segment. In yoga at the end of each class you are reminded to give thanks to your body and again, for the first time, I was very grateful to my body. Typically, as humans (and especially as women) we are not a fan of our own bodies. We either loathe it, or consider it a ‘work-in-progress’ like at a construction site. Very few of us actually love our bodies and even the ones who do, would never say it out loud because we don’t want to come across as being self-absorbed or an egoist. But here’s the thing, see. It’s the only one we’ve got and as much as we abuse it through lack of healthy eating, sleeping or exercise it still performs so well for us, doesn’t it? Is there any other machine that could go 2 days without fuel it’s taken for the last 30 years and then shock itself through 40 degree temperatures and strength training and still make it out fine on the other end? So again, I was happy. Extremely happy. She performed so well under pressure and didn’t let me down.