You know that song ” Cause it’s all in my head, I think about it over and over again…” That was me today!
This morning I played tennis for the first time in a long time. I decided that it was time for me to get back on the horse after an almost two year hiatus. I was excited and nervous, I almost wanted to call and cancel with the excuse that I was not feeling well and that I was too tired. However, I thought, I signed up, people were counting on me to be there and why miss out on the fun just because I was nervous.
On my way back to the service line for my serve, I shook my head and said “What would you tell your yoga students to do, if they were in this situation?” Breathe! “Take a nice deep breath and shake it off.” “Focus on the present, be in the moment.”
It was at that moment that I knew I was putting to much pressure on myself. I felt a weight fall off my shoulder and I just took my time sent the ball in the air and BAM just like that my serve came back. I chipped bit by bit at my negative self talk until it was gone and I was playing relatively consistently. Ground strokes were precise and placed. Serves were in and I was acing my overheads. I started having FUN. I stopped thinking about being perfect and I just started doing. The less I thought the more I got out of each point.
By the end of the two hours, I was exhausted but exhilarated. I felt so amazing and at the same time I made friends and had so much fun!
What did this whole experience teach me:
1. Be patient with myself
2. Perfection is progress, be gentle
4. Have fun
5. Let go of Ego
6. Be present