Our whole lives we are taught to do things a certain way. We’re told this is the ‘right way’. But what if how we chose to do things was defined as the right way?
Today I took my first yoga class. During one pose a student asked how the right way was to hold the block and what the instructor told me has been stuck in my heart ever since.
She said, however you chose to do it is the right way.
What if we all started living life this way. However I choose to feel is the right way.
However I choose to live is the right way.
However I choose to exist is the right way.
Can you imagine what a radical change that would be?
Never feeling like you are ‘bad’ because you do things differently. Never being told that how you stand, walk, talk, dance, create, is the wrong way. Because it isn’t. It’s just your way.
We teach our children this is how you tie your shoes, this is how you hold a pencil, this is how you draw. We tell them that this is how you do ‘x’ and if you don’t do it this way then you’re wrong. But how can it be wrong if it works for you?
I have spent most of my life trying to do things the ‘right way’. Trying to gain everyone’s approval. Somehow trying to turn myself into a mirror that reflects the things other people like.
But what if I stopped.
What if I started telling myself, this is how I choose to live my life and what I choose is right for me. There is no wrong. Only different.
And different is beautiful.