Microsoft are currently running a pretty fantastic competition at the moment, where you can win some tech goodies. They’ve challenged bloggers to capture, in one photo, what inspires them. I’m dying to get my hands on these electronics, mostly because I want to post about them on my newly re-launched tech blog, but also because.. after reviewing a few Lumia handsets, I’m kind of falling in love with the Windows OS. Please don’t tell anyone I said that, I’m supposed to be an Apple fangirl..
Well, what inspires me?
DON’T LAUGH OKAY, but it’s this photo of me with my arse in the air.
Let’s try to ignore the mess that’s behind me, or the fact that my pants are see through. Let’s focus on what’s going on here. It’s a raw photo, this. It’s not staged, it’s not posed, it’s all happened so quick I didn’t have time to make my surroundings all.. bloggy.
Around last October, I had a bit of a lifestyle change that had a massive impact on, well, everything.
I started taking my health and fitness really seriously it brought me so much more than.. well, just health and fitness.
As well as running, cycling, going to the gym and lifting weights, I started doing yoga.
I’m not a very flexible person. I can’t even touch my toes unless I do yoga daily for months. But I loved yoga, even though I was pants at it.
When December came around, I set myself a few new years resolutions around fitness. And one of them was to learn how to do the crow pose – basically balancing all your body weight on your hands without falling flat on your face.
I showed a load of people work that this is what I wanted to do, as it’s become very apparent to me that the more I brag about something, the more determined I am to succeed. It’s almost as if the more people say YOU CAN’T DO THAT, the more I want to push back and be all I’LL SHOW YOUUUUU!
I’m a brat, what can I say?
So, what followed was months of daily yoga. Yes. Daily. At the end of each yoga session, I’d practice the progression of the crow pose. I got myself a purple yoga block, after balancing myself on a book just wasn’t working out for me, and I kept at it.
One day, I finally managed to hold myself for a second on the block! I was so excited. I decided to try it without the block with a pillow in front of my face so I didn’t smash my nose in.
AND I BALANCED FOR LIKE 5 SECONDS. I was so excited, I bolted up the stares of my basement bedroom into the living room with my yoga mat and yelled at my housemate. LILLY. LILLY.
She was confused and a bit frightened.
LILLY I CAN DO CROW TAKE MY PHOTO.
Then, before she even know what had hit her, I was on the floor on my mat balancing on my arms saying TAKE THE PHOTOS LILLY PLEASE. MORE MORE JUST TAKE LOADS.
And she did.
Resting all my weight on my arms gave me bruises for days. Bruises so bad I couldn’t try to do the post again for a week until they healed.
So this is my inspiring photo, and the story behind it.
What the photo represents to me is not just a funny pose in a messy room. But it’s months of determination and how even during those times I thought to myself that I’d never be able to do this, I just kept struggling on with determination. And then how one day, when I wasn’t expecting it, I was suddenly at my goal and all that hard work seemed so worth it.
Now every time I think I can’t do something, whether it’s fitness related or not, I think back to how impossible the crow pose was and how in a few months of practising, I got there.
It’s funny how goals seem impossible until you’ve achieved them.
It’s funny and wonderful.
What inspires you?