Being ‘healthy’ and ‘fit’ is an overwhelming, commercial ideal that seems unattainable to us all (yoga teachers included). If you look at and compare yourself to the people around you, your self-esteem will plummet. Other people are skinnier, happier, stronger, more flexible and younger. Why should you try to compete with them when it is easier to just give up on yourself?
You don’t need to compete. Competition is prevalent in so many facets of our society, but when it comes to personal wellness, competition is irrelevant. All you have to do is ask: how can I be a healthier, happier person today than I was yesterday?
Every day you can make a small decision that will boost your self-esteem and your quality of life. When you order coffee, get non-fat milk or go for straight drip with no dairy. Or, drink your normal coffee but commit to walking the stairs at work and refuse to get into the elevator. Or, take your meds your doctor prescribed that are sitting next to your bed.
Yes, I know that ‘healthy’ people don’t drink coffee or take meds or already bound up the stairs without losing their breath or getting sweaty, but, seriously, let that internal self-judgement go! You do not need to be ‘perfect’. Baby steps. You can try to be perfect tomorrow, or never…perfect people are probably very boring at parties anyways…
Today, make one small decision that you will abide by and be proud of it. Celebrate it! Tomorrow you may not make a good decision. Who cares? The day after that you can be smarter and have more self-control. When you get right down to it. No one is perfect and no one has all the answers that are right for you and for your life. Just be happy you are alive. Isn’t that enough?