Mental Musings: Do It Anyway

Mental Musings is a sporadic post series in which I encourage thought + discussion on topics such as life, death, creativity, happiness, success, philosophy, psychology, science, current events, and anything else relating to being human.

Ideas for posts may come from books, films, video clips, songs, articles, quotes, or simply the random thoughts running through my mind. I hope you enjoy this insight into the non-Yoga side of me + I’ll be incredibly grateful for your participation … now let’s muse! :)

Mental Musings: Do It Anyway @

Some of the best friends I’ve ever had (+ still have) I’ve met online. They may live on the other side of the city, the country, or the world, and when I have the rare chance to meet one of them in-person, I take it!

This past weekend, I attended Jennifer Pastiloff‘s On Being Human workshop (held @ Pure Yoga West here in NYC) – a mix of yoga, journaling, sharing, dancing, + all around dork-tastic-ness.

I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun, along with having my heart + mind cracked so wide open, in just 3 hours. Male or female, yogi or non-yogi, prolific writer or creatively challenged – no matter what you fall in any of these categories, this workshops is for you.

OK, let’s get down to brass tacks.

WHY is Jen’s workshop so great?

Because it pushes you outside of your comfort zone (gently + safely), led by a woman who is as real as it gets. No filters, no masks – Jen is 100% herself all the time and she’ll help you find out just who YOU are.

Yeah, you probably have a vague idea of who you are, but there’s a good chance that you’re ignoring that voice inside of you. You know the one. The voice that reminds you of your hopes + dreams – the ones that you keep telling yourself are illogical or unpractical or you just don’t have time.

Well do it anyway.

Yep, you heard me.

Take the first step, no matter how small.

As Marie Forleo says, “start before you’re ready.”

Do something. Take action. Get the ball rolling.

Do it anyway – no matter how “unpractical” you think it is.

That is one of the many simple but powerful verbal gems that Jen shared during the workshop, and I’ve got a few more good ones for you.

Don’t wallow in your own suckery.

No one is good at everything. We all have flaws, but that’s what makes us the unique blend that we are. We all make mistakes, but that’s how we learn the important lessons.

Are your skills not up to your own standards? Well don’t wallow in your suckery – get out there and learn. Practice. Take a class. Ask for help. Admit you don’t know everything + then do it anyway. You’ll learn as you go because experience is the greatest teacher.

We are owed nothing. Living is a privilege.

The world doesn’t owe you a job, or a car, or a lot of money.

You’re lucky to be alive.

Our modern society makes it easier to stay healthier + live decades longer than our ancestors – don’t waste that privilege.

70-80 years may seem like a long time, but you know what it feels like to “lose” time – all the sudden you look up and whoosh … 2 hours, 2 days, 2 years have gone by.

No one is going to hand you your dream life because the world doesn’t owe you anything.

If you want to smile every day when you wake up, then you have to take control of your life.

This world is better when you’re the best version of you that you can be. The version that has dreams, goals, curiosity – but most importantly, the version of you that is willing to color outside of the lines + create the life you’ve always dreamed of.

Keep dreaming, choose realistic actions, acknowledge your fear, then do it anyway.

Don’t be an asshole and wait for inspiration to strike.

Waiting to write. Waiting to paint. Waiting to create.

Wait. Wait. Wait.

What are you waiting for?!

Inspiration comes to those who DO, not those who wait or over-think or over-plan.

There is no perfect time or perfect circumstances.

If you want to love your life you have to choose to love it + do at least one thing every day to make it even easier to love.

Your fear will try to get in the way – I guarantee it.

Do it anyway.

Life can be scary and it can seem very lonely at times.

Guess what?

EVERYone is just as scared and lonely as you are.

I speak this from personal experience.

You and I are social creatures – it’s part of being human. Even an introvert like me still enjoys connecting with other people, though I prefer one-on-one personally.

As a human, you want to feel understood. You want to be heard. You want to be loved.

You are loved just as much as you share love. Not just romantic love. Love for friends. Love for family. Love for your fellow humans. Love for animals. Love for the natural world.

It’s a natural give and take.

And there are many words for love (if the L-word makes you twinge): compassion, tenderness, appreciation, respect.

So if you want to make the most of being human; if you want to look back on your life at age 80 or 90 + be delighted by the journey you’ve taken, you have to step outside of your fear. You have to do it anyway.

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