As Bikram says… “99% right= 100% wrong”.
About two years ago I decided to embark upon a 30 day Bikram Yoga challenge. This quote kept me going and was one of the reasons that my 30 day challenge turned into a 60 day challenge, which then took me to Spain and suddenly there I am practicing Yoga with teachers from all over the world. Whaaaa?!
I learned a lot throughout those 60 days. I learned about strength, about persistence, about patience, and of course about the importance of hydration and coconut water.
Most important of all, I learned the true meaning of the word commitment.
I must mention that I am commitment phobic: I am extremely, hardcore, wholly terrified of commitment to the point of; I do not like to make plans more than maybe a day in advance…
What if something just happens to come along ( as it always does) and then I have to break plans, disappoint someone, feel guilty… It’s really just too stressful. I’ve always been this way, almost to a fault.
So here I was: the girl who is afraid of commitment doing everything in her power to commit to an insane goal of a 30 day Bikram Yoga challenge. Did I mention I had never tried Bikram Yoga before I decided to do this?
It just felt right, so I decided to commit < the caveat for me is when my intuition is very loud and tells me to do something, then I commit fully because well, intuition is never wrong and is there for a reason…>
Right around the same time, I decided to buy an iphone. I thought I wanted one, but I was not sure. It took me countless hours, days and trips to the store to decide what to do. I finally got the phone and what happened? I was so stressed about whether or not I had made the right decision that I found myself talking about this/texting about this so much that one day, I crashed my car as I was texting someone about the stupid iphone! Seriously. Do not text and drive.
So what did I learn? First, I learned that I was not mature enough to have an iphone, so I returned it. Second, I learned that if you commit to something, whether it be yoga, running, an iphone, a blackberry, or even a relationship… do it 100%…
If I had just accepted my iphone, I might not have crashed my car and set off all sorts of life events to follow. Who knows what would be. I do not really care. What I do care about is the lesson I learned. In fact, I’ve learned this one over and over again. I’d like to add that I think it’s one worth repeating and relearning.
Take as much time to figure out whether you want to commit. But once you do, don’t half ass it or even 99% commit- commit fully and wholeheartedly.
I just got another iphone, and I love it. It’s like there is no other phone in the world. I am fully 100% committed. What’s the worst that can happen?
I no longer have a car :)
photo note: my buddy Matt is committed to having the most awesome tattoos. I think he is the coolest person I know :)