I think birthdays are important, no matter what the number. I think they definitely should be celebrated with first time experiences.
So, this morning of my 61st birthday, I left the house before 8 am to go to my first HOT YOGA class.
And even though I knew I wanted to go, I heard my “no” voice kicking in.
You know, the no voice that is telling you not to do the new thing because of so many what ifs….
- What if I pass out and then miss my flight this afternoon for a speaking engagement?
- What if I go without a yoga mat and that’s not cool?
- What if I can’t do the moves or look silly trying?
Maybe I should just go do my normal morning workout.
Yep, I had that whole “what if” conversation in my head. I’m just like you when it comes to first time experiences. I’ve just done so many, I’ve learned to shut down that no voice because there are so often rewards for saying YES.
- Yes, it was HOT yoga.
- Yes, they gave me a mat.
- Yes, I faked a downward dog, cause I don’t really know how to do it.
BUT… I’m so glad I went.
I survived. Didn’t pass out. Felt very alive after my first hot yoga class.
My husband made me the best birthday omelet ever.
THEN…feeling very happy, I chatted up the pilots of my flight and they were so lovely and fun. I told them to keep the flight nice and smooth because it’s my birthday and those sweethearts moved me up to first class. Ahhhhhh. (Thanks, Airline Cowboys. You know who you are.)
And I’m about to head out to get some Kansas City BBQ with some fellow speakers. I’m a BBQ fiend.
A woman who read my book once told me, “I feel like I relate to the world in a different way and the world relates to me differently when I do first time experiences.”
I truly believe she’s right. The world opens up when you “do the new”.
Anyway, it doesn’t have to be a birthday. Any day can be YOUR FIRST DAY.
Very grateful to so many of them.
Happy Thanksgiving to you. Wishing you a day of love and family gathered at your table and firsts that open your heart and your life to the world.