“God give me patience, but give it to me now.“
Patience is a funny thing.
Everything takes times. Yet, in our modern world, we want everything now and not any later than now. You need to go somewhere? Your uber will be there in 1 minute. Hungry? Home delivery food in 30 minutes. Wanna watch something? Netflix is just one click away.
We know (in theory) that patience is important. Everything that is good and that is worth wile and that will last you a long time requires patience.
The career that you want requires patience, as there is no such thing as an overnight success.
Your health and fitness requires patience. All those adds and videos and articles about ‘get abs in 4 weeks’ or ‘dream body in 30 days’ is bulls*it.
You’re really serious about your health and fitness? Work on it.
Eat better. Get more sleep. Exercise. Drink more water.
It might take you 6 months, 12 months or 24 months to feel how you’ve always wanted to feel, or to achieve a specific fitness goal.
Trust me, patience for me isn’t easy as well. I’m very impatient. I want everything now, I want to be good at everything and I’m always stressed that things aren’t happening fast enough.
That’s why I started practicing ashtanga yoga. It’s hard, it’s a fixed sequence of about 90 minutes, and boy oh boy is it testing my patience. I made a goal for myself to practice ashtanga every single day for a minimum of 30 days. Yesterday was day 3 and I almost quit.
‘These poses are so hard I’m never gonna be able to do them‘
’This is so hard it’s making me frustrated’
’Why the heck did I commit to doing this for 30 days’
AND IT WAS ONLY DAY 3.
Are you hearing me?! I’m impatient! I’m on DAY 3 of doing ashtanga yoga and I feel ANNOYED AND FRUSTRATED BECAUSE I CAN’T DO EVERYTHING.
It’s so sad it’s funny. But you know what? I’m gonna keep going. This practice is teaching me self discipline, it’s showing me how I habitually deal with challenging situations and it’s teaching me some SERIOUS PATIENCE.
I’m also documenting my practices and thoughts/feelings before and after every day, so I’m excited to share all of it with you soon!
But for now… be patient. Rome wasn’t built in a day, athletes didn’t win the Olympics in a day (umm… it’s years of preparation) and amazing yogis didn’t become amazing yogis in a day! (or 3 days, haha!)