For me, last month was about trust. Every conversation I had about yoga, teaching, design or life peeled another layer off of this trust/not good enough/stop seeking answers outside yourself onion. I’m really good at signing up for things. I add it to my calendar, I set reminders—you can call me more or less organized. I’m really good at calling myself out on stuff. It’s a form of brutal honesty where I extensively highlight all my inadequacies and can explain in detail I how I am a shitty designer, a terrible yoga teacher, and overall a pretty dull person. To some degree self-awareness is great, but I am slowly realizing I am not getting anywhere with this lack of trust in my skills as a human and as a designer.
I’m also really good at hiding. I want to trust myself but it’s an all or nothing formula for me: I have to leap. Always. It’s not small teaspoons of courage for me. I have to call myself out ahead of time and commit to a deadline for whatever and never look back. Leap and trust.
So I made a poster. In a matter of a couple of days, I showed it to my designer friends when complete… waiting for them to rip it apart. None of that happened. They loved it. Posted it on Instagram, it got the most likes in paperreka history. “The road to hell is paved with likes” said someone at a design conference once, and while I agree, you get my point. I taught a fucking scary ass class on drishti (focus) at Speakeasy last week that was so magical, you could hear every drop of sweat hit the floor because everyone was so “in it.”
So as the month draws to an end I ask myself (Carrie Bradshaw style), what the hell am I so scared of doing, achieving, and trusting? In what universe am I not good enough as an adult who moved across the world at the age of 18, got a degree, holds a job (pays taxes—had to), drives a stick for the love of god. I work full time, run a biz full time, teach 4 yoga classes per week, do side projects in the middle of the night. I made a kick-ass poster, I teach amazing classes.
I already have everything in me that I ever need. I have to start trusting that what I have learned, seen, done are enough. Nice enough, good enough, soft enough, pretty enough, challenging enough, smart enough. Just plain old ENOUGH.