Recently I ended up at a pole dancing class. I think I am pretty active and fit person as I walk every day and I tend to dance at least a few times a week and just run around a lot. So, I thought this ‘beginners’ pole dancing class would be a walk in the park.
But little did I know that things were about to get serious. 10 minutes into the stretches and the warm-ups; I was dying and crying inside with pain as my lack of flexibility was tested. I was watching the clock hoping for this torture to be over but it carried on and it was time to actually get on the pole. At this point, I would like to give a shout out to all the pole dancers because this is the hardest thing I have ever done. In that moment, I realised how unfit I was and how bad my upper body strength is.
When I looked around, everyone else was having the time of their life and easily getting on the pole and doing some super cool moves and I was just hanging off the pole, holding on to my dear life. And then the instructor said something in Spanish and the torture was over… WOOHOO! It was a painful experience and by the end of it I was covered in sweat (not a pretty sight at all) but the class pushed me to my limits and taught me something along the way.
But, why am I telling you this? It’s simple! When I first started the class I felt stupid and weak and I just wanted to run out but I don’t like giving up so I carried on and in the end, I didn’t master great moves or become fit but I learnt something. I learnt it is important to push yourself and go out of your comfort zone, I definitely felt out of place but I also realised I need to work on my fitness before going to the classes again. By going there I didn’t lose anything but I realised the things I need to work on.
This applies to our life, many times we get scared of stepping out of our comfort zone because we are worried we are not capable, we don’t have power, strength and all those other big words that we use to keep ourselves from doing things that require change. But, what we need to remember is that if we just take one step towards the big challenge we will not lose, we will either conquer the challenge or find out how we can win next time. You never lose, you always learn.
Send out that application you’re too scared to click Apply on. Ask out that girl/guy who you have been checking out since forever and go on that solo trip you have been planning for years. Take the risk and learn something new about yourself.
P.S I won’t be pole dancing any time soon but I will be working on fitness to get there!