“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and then do that. What the world needs is people who have come alive.”
I have to admit that some days after I get off work, the last thing I want to do is to go teach a yoga class. Don’t get me wrong, I love teaching yoga. Every class humbles and energies me. I have learned infinitely more about the yoga practice since deciding to teach, and I continue to learn more and more every day. It is a huge source of inspiration and connection for me. Despite how much I love teaching yoga, there are long work days when I want nothing more than to go home and curl up on the couch without the pressure of talking to people, public speaking, and demoing poses.
Sometimes the things that inspire us aren’t going to be thrilling each and every day. Sometimes, even the things that we really truly love to do, have a bit of drudgery associated with it. It’s not always passion and inspiration, sometimes all we do is show up. Simply showing up is one of the hardest, and also most important aspects of doing anything that we really care about. Actually showing up week after week is also how we get better.
Sometimes when we talk about doing things that we are passionate about, we expect that every day will be filled with that passion and excitement. We forget that you can love and be passionate about something, and still experience moments when it will feel like a job. There are still times when there might even be something you’d rather do. If we continue to show up, despite the times when we don’t want to, then we are truly living our passion.
I often find it’s those days when the last thing I do is want to teach yoga, are the days that I learn the most from it.