What’s your wake-up call?
When I talk about a wake-up call, I don’t mean that thing that wakes you up each morning. I mean something much bigger than that.
I’m talking about that moment that wakes you up to the fact that something needs to dramatically change in your life. Something that shows you that you need to take your health back into your own hands or completely transform your lifestyle. That moment that leads you to start yoga, meditation, a new diet, or maybe even to change jobs or move to a new city.
I had already done yoga for a few years when I had my wake-up call. What lead me to yoga was not some dramatic moment or realization, but more like this idealistic thought that yoga would prove that my life was calm and tranquil.
Yet, yoga was the key to what woke me up a few years later.
The moment I woke up
It was 2014. I was attending a 4-day workshop with my teacher David Sye (If you are ever able to attend one of his workshops, DO! It’s simply amazing and indescribable). It was the end of an afternoon yoga practice. The music was cranking as it always does in David’s classes. We were all moving, dancing and celebrating life.
Suddenly, my weekly yoga teacher looked at me and said, “Wow, you’re so full of energy Bethany!”
I remember her sounding slightly surprised. There I was, thinking I was acting totally like my normal self, and someone else was surprised at how much energy I had.
It was that moment, I realized I hadn’t felt that much energy for years. I realized that nobody around me knew that I had that much energy, even though deep inside I always knew it was in me.
That was the moment, that I woke-up. I woke-up to what I was actually living in my life, which was a life in a strange country filled with conflict, far away from my family, friends and anything I knew in my life, facing difficulties in my marriage, and feeling like I didn’t have a single friend who knew who I truly was and would support me through anything.
That was the moment, I realized that I needed to make myself a priority. If I didn’t have a life full of health, vitality and love, then life would be a waste.
You’ve got nothing without your health
There’s always that thing that wakes us up. For some it’s a health issue; a diabetes scare or an unexplained thyroid problem. For others it’s a life experience. After having kids you feel like somewhere along the way you lost your youthful confidence in your body or you took a vacation that made you feel SO GOOD making you wonder why daily life doesn’t feel more like this.
Why does it seem like we always wait for something to go wrong before we actually realize how important our health and self-care is?
When it comes down to it, from our health comes our beauty, vitality, creativity and the ability to live the life of our dreams. If we don’t have our health, we don’t have anything.
Or perhaps, you’re one of those people who hasn’t had a wake-up call. Nothing has gone wrong in life, but still many things other than you are at the top of your priority list. If you’re one of these people, trust me, don’t wait for something to wake you up. Make your health a priority before it’s too late.
How about you? Share in the comments below.
Have you had a wake-up call yet?
What was it?
Was it a big revelation or something subtle that lead you to try yoga or meditation for the first time?