This brave thing takes a lot of thought, not to mention time.
First. Let me tell you what I am discovering.
Perfection is ridiculous.
For too long I resisted writing in this blog if every comma wasn’t correct, my grammar wasn’t spot on or my thoughts were a little disjointed. Talk about pressure. I then realized if I expected this from myself, what did I expect from others?
It’s said you will never find your true self worth if you are seeking perfection. In order to keep my commitment this year about challenging myself, stepping out of my comfort zone, etc., I had to learn to stop expecting everything to be, well, perfect.
So here is where my Big Brave World Tour took me the past seven days.
Joined a Writing Club. Yes. I’m going to sit across from others, share our stories, take in their comments and basically try not to cry.
Joined a Book Club. Yes, I’m doing a lot of “joining”, but I will be gathering with a group of women I do not know, at someone’s house I do not know, and hopefully all while enjoying the experience. Personally, I’m a homebody, but I have really missed my old book groups, so let’s give it a try. And I found a group where they enjoy wine, so it’s a win-win.
Walked two new trails: I try and walk as much as I can. Thank God for California which makes this exercise not only easy, but thoroughly enjoyable. While out and about, I noticed several trails that seemed interesting, but frankly, I didn’t know much about them, such as the distance, if they were safe, and dear God, if it was rattlesnake mating season. Anyway, I said the heck with it, marched along and discovered some amazing sites, some with a clear ocean view.
Yoga/Meditation: In a few short hours I will be sitting with a yoga instructor (who happens to be a personal friend), in her own home studio, learning gentle yoga and meditation. I’ve always said “no” when asked to do this before, not because I wasn’t interested, but rather I needed my body to heal from my PMR (When Life Throughs You A Curveball). Well, my body is about as healed as its going to get, so no more excuses.
Coming up this week: I’m doing something unprofessional, but really, really needed, and I can because I’m my own boss.