As many of my other posts, I was inspired in my yoga class the other day by another one of my wise teachers. In yoga, there is a pose that is called Warrior II. In this pose, your quads and shoulders are burning, sweat is dripping, and all you can think about is, “when will this be over?” The teachers always manage to hold you in the pose for what seems like an eternity. In this class, my teacher said, “Don’t we always have to hold this pose longer than we would like?” We do and I also translated this into every day life.
In life, we have to be warriors. Warriors who push through the hard times, smile when it’s tough, get out of bed when we don’t feel like it, and have faith that everything is going to work even when we don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. Just like in class, we have to hold this uncomfortable position for longer than any of us would like. We hold it for so long, it becomes part of our identity. In the end, we are all warriors.
What does it mean to be a warrior? I guess that answer will be different to each person. For me, a warrior is relentless in perseverance. A “fake it ’til you make it” type of deal. A warrior doesn’t give up when things get tough, but makes the best out of each situation. They finds reasons to not only survive, but thrive under harsh circumstances. A warrior will look at challenges in life as an opportunity for growth and will better themselves to help someone else. A warrior serves mankind, but doesn’t forget that in order to do so, they need to be strong, rested, and well nourished physically, mentally, and spiritually. A warrior takes time for themselves. A warrior has a focus that is unfaltering and drives them each day. For some it may be their dreams, their children, their family, their past, or hopefully, themselves.
Life is like an ocean. There are days of calm, glass-like water, while other days it may be stormy. Either of these cycles may last weeks, months, or years at a time. But, each of us have a warrior within us. We can handle anything and overcome everything. Sometimes it is as easy as changing our perspective.
So, maybe over the weekend you will have a few minutes to define what type of warrior you are. To write down what it means to you. You are strong, able, capable, powerful, confident, talented, and beautiful. You are a warrior.
You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. -Christopher Robin