Just because

October 23, 2021

This week I’ve done something I’m pretty excited about. I signed up for yoga teacher training!

I’ve played with the idea of becoming a yoga instructor for a while now, but something has always stopped me- I can’t see myself actually teaching yoga.

Now hear me out. I enjoy yoga. I love how it makes me feel, I love cultivating self-awareness, I love seeing my own progress and I really do align with a lot of the values that yoga embodies. The thing is though, I have a day job already, and if I was to do anything else, it would be something more creative. I don’t feel any gravitational pull towards earning a living through teaching yoga at the gym or at yoga studios, especially when I’ve never felt quite at peace there myself. I prefer doing yoga in the comfort of my own space, and I’m also pretty lazy. I like getting out of bed, going into my living room and practising yoga in my pyjamas. I don’t want it to feel like work.

So why on earth am I doing yoga teacher training?

This is the exact question that has stopped me from doing this any sooner. I’ve always thought, “what’s the point of me learning to be a yoga teacher, if I’m not actually going to teach it?”.

It’s a fair point really, but then I had a discussion with a friend about university and what we would have done differently. She mentioned that she would have done history instead of medicine because it’s the subject she really enjoyed at school, and that the only reason she didn’t do it at the time was because she didn’t know what she would do with the degree after. She thought there was no point committing herself to learning so much about a subject if it didn’t resemble the career she would end up in.

My immediate reaction was, “so what?”. Why does there need to be an end goal, a contribution to our careers or where we’re going, or even a tangible reason to do something? Why can’t the reason be “just because”?

We don’t always have to do things because it will lead somewhere. I realised that I wanted to do yoga teacher training so that I could learn more about a subject I’m already interested in a more structured way. That seemed like reason enough.

So I guess the point of this newsletter is that there doesn’t always need to be a point, and this is coming from someone who is always thinking about intention and the “why” behind things. If it’s something that brings you joy, expands your knowledge, sparks an interest, or makes you feel more like “you”, then that’s all the reason you need to start something. Whether it’s learning a new skill, getting to know someone or thinking about how you spend your time, having a reason is great and all, but sometimes it doesn’t have to make sense, sometimes it just has to feel right.

Do it just because you want to.

Words Of The Week

“I was once afraid of people saying, ‘Who does she think she is?’ Now I have the courage to stand and say, ‘This is who I am.‘”

- Oprah Winfrey

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