I can be quite stubborn and one thing I don’t always enjoy is being bad at something. Learning something new can be frustrating when you realise how terrible you are on your first attempt. It is one of the reasons I have put off learning to surf for so long. I am ashamed of the fact I have lived in Newquay for over 2 years and am yet to evolve into a surfer chick…or even take my first lesson. I feel pretty lucky that my parents taught me to ski and swim when I was very young. Learning something young (when you are fearless and soak up new skills like a sponge) is definitely the best way. But you can’t learn everything before you reach adulthood! Now I am in Australia I WILL be surfing!
The same goes for Yoga. It has always intrigued me but for some reason I am yet to become a master yogi. In fact I took my first yoga lesson yesterday morning and I was pretty bloomin’ rubbish (There is a stronger 4 letter word you can insert here but I’m being polite!) The instructor was bending himself in ways that I could only dream of! I could have felt self-conscious, or given up, or finished the lesson and vowed “Never again!”…but I didn’t. I am going to continue with yoga and have a feeling it could become a big part of my life. I really want to get more flexible, get more toned and build up my strength. You hear about all the incredible benefits of Yoga and I am starting to believe. I am yet to meet a Yoga instructor that hasn’t got an incredible body and enviable flexibility. I don’t think of myself as someone who follows the crowd but I also believe there is no smoke without fire. Yoga wouldn’t be as popular as it has become without there being huge benefits to doing it. I’m hoping now that one day I will be poised in the One Handed Tree Pose laughing inside at how awful I was during the first lesson.
So why not try something new? Embrace how rubbish you may be on your first attempt but realise that, with practise and time, you will improve! There is no better feeling than having a goal and working hard towards it!