Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.Robin Sharma, author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams and Reaching Your Destiny
Needless to say, the past year has been a challenging one.
With most of us too concerned with holding on to our hats to think about self-investment.
After all, it can be hard to plan for or envisage a future self, when just getting through the day, now, feels like a monumental task.
As well as that, with it being near-impossible to plan a holiday, it’s not unreasonable if the foresight to plan for the development of self has become a little blurry.
For myself, since Christmas, I’ve managed juggeling home-schooling a bright six-year-old while entertaining a pre-schooler with completing my own work projects.
I’ve negotiated the helplessness of trying to help relatives in lockdown with the grieving the loss of a grand-parent.
As well as wondering about my future self beyond my role as mother – all with the backdrop of heightened anxiety in this Covid era.
Despite struggling, some days, to think beyond the crucially necessary, and just about managing to maintain a meditation and yoga practice, I must have, somehow, stoked the flames that I had burning since before Covid to train to teach yoga.
Holding back from fully believing it would come to fruition, and being okay with that, I can say that now I have been accepted on to the BWY teaching yoga course, and I am beyond excited.
Not least because the whole process has reminded me of the feeling that only self-investment can give.
Because it’s not just about the self.
It’s about the people who will be served by my new-found abilities, and it will be my loved ones who witness my growth.
Although I’m a little daunted (Yoga is such an important practice and I want to do it justice) I can’t wait to get started.
So, here’s to new beginnings and self-investment, even despite these weird, Covid-times: may we never give up looking forward.
Love to all.