Monday, I taught a very reluctant group how to balance in tree pose. Short week, gray day, all equals tired apathetic teens. But I pushed them any way and class turned out great. While we were wobbling about on one leg, I commented on how I tend to stand for like this while I'm waiting in lines. One girl's eyes got big and jaw dropped open. She gasped and said "aren't you worried what other people will think?!?". I looked straight at her and defiantly said "NO". When I was her age, I can remember saying that I didn't care what other people thought about me, but secretly, I cared. I cared a great deal. It made it so hard to be my authentic self. And I know, at times, I played along to please the crowd. If I have any regrets from my youth, it would be those times I did not remain true to myself. But sometimes I wasn't comfortable being my authentic self. Sometimes being my true self felt like wearing pantyhose and pointy heals while everyone else is wearing jeans and tennis shoes. I wasn't comfortable because I was worried about what others would think. Again, I'm not sure what happened. I'm sure age plays a big part, but honestly, I can say that I don't really care what others think of me. As long as my actions and words are not causing anyone any harm. That's the kicker.
And that's exactly what I told that girl and why I love teaching this class. Could you imagine how much easier things could have been for you if you knew with out a doubt that it truly doesn't matter what others think of you as long as you're not causing them any harm? Be OK with being you.
Happy Love Thursday!