Last week I received a newsletter from a fellow studio owner that briefly discussed independence. Independence means to not be influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion or conduct. It means to be free from control in your action and judgement and to think for one's self.
A few years ago I taught a year of preschool. At the end of the year, I was in charge of the graduating class as they headed off to kindergarten. One of my closing statements in the ceremony was, "I hope that you learn to not make others opinions more important than your own." Naturally this statement is a little over a 5 year old's head, so it was more for the parents in the audience. I think as adults we need this reminder often. Especially when we get caught up in life with bosses and spouses, or when we begin to idolize friends, acquaintances, or people in our community. It's particularly difficult when we feel pressure from someone that we care about or actually value their opinion.
There are about 5 different directions my brain is taking this blog post. However, I believe I'm going to keep this one short and simple by sharing with you a valuable reminder from that short newsletter:
"To be independent of others control and/or opinions is powerful. To be able to think and act for yourself takes courage. You have to trust who you are and believe in yourself.... Don't let anyone tell you how to live your life."
This month, step into your power and decide what it is you want and how you're going to get it. Take the lid off of life, and go for it!
Justina and Ignite Yoga Team