Breathtaking Beauty in Dream Chasing Hindsight
When it comes to chasing after your dreams, hindsight is a beautiful thing. Breathtakingly beautiful, at times.
Sometimes when we’re busy going after something we forget to look back and realize the journey that we’ve taken to get to this place in time.
This week I realized that something else had taken place four years ago that brought me to this moment in time. At the time it felt like a little something but the hindsight afforded to me allows me to see that it was a huge thing.
Then the four year theme came up again, courtesy of of the Facebook “On This Day” feature.
I walked into my first yoga class four years ago this past week.
You see, the irony is that currently I am going through a very intensive yoga teacher training that is pushing me beyond many limits and making me a better woman and teacher.
Here I am taking major leaps in areas of my life that I wouldn’t have even dreamed of four years ago- Yoga teacher training.
A lot can happen in four years.
Babies pass through the toddler stage into the f*%k you fours (true story), some people make it through college and kids go from 12 to driving a car.
But here’s the thing- none of it would have been possible if I hadn’t said YES to my soul urges and no to my fears in the years before those decisions came along.
I was scared to launch a blog and press publish for the first time.
I was scared to walk into a yoga class and do my very first downward facing dog because someone might make fun of my curves.
Yet, in the days that lead up to those decisions I know that I was hurting. My soul was lost, my dream job wasn’t what I thought it would be, my creativity was suffering and I had lost my way.
Hindsight can afford us the beauty of realization that it was worth it, yet in those moments we are scared, unsure and don’t have the guarantee of the transformation that could take place.
Four years later I know that making the choice to become a writer and walk into a yoga class would lead me down a path that I’m not even close to comprehending the impact of just yet.
I’ve created a community for women to share their dreams.
I am writing a book.
I continue to share my words for the world to read just in case someone needs to read them.
I’m myself once again. True. Real. Authentic. Me.
Four years ago I was courageous to say ‘yes’ to urges and no to ‘fears’ simply because I had a feeling that these steps were the right direction to take.
I have no idea where these paths will lead but what I know for sure is that in those moments I just KNEW that these steps were the right ones to take.
I can remember how they felt.
I can remember my apprehensions.
I can remember the moments when they happened.
I can remember thinking, “I don’t know why but I simply need to do this.”
I was simply going on gut instinct and nothing else.
Those sorts of memories usually happen when it’s the BIG moments in life.
I had fears just like anyone else does when they take a step towards a dream. What would people think? Would I make a fool of myself? Would I make enough mistakes that people would make fun of me?
Now that I have the luxury of the four year reflection I realize that every small step, and big leap, has fears attached to it but if the urge is there, if should be answered.
If there’s a tug on your heart, answer it.
If there’s a dream in your mind, reach for it.
If there’s an adventure to be had, go on it.
There will be mistakes, curves, fears, leaps and haters along the way. But with my four year hindsight all I can say is that I am so very grateful that I took the time to get quiet enough to listen to the urges and take the action to bring them to life.
So I have to ask, what urges do you have today that you could act on and look back in four years in awe at your amazingness?
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