Beauty of Life
Hi. Sereena here writing my thoughts, research and heart out to you. As a 26 year-old woman living in a big city pursuing a career in music and doing a million odd jobs on the side, life can start to seem draining and discouraging. Is anybody else experiencing this? Somebody told me this past week that the years of 25, 26 and 27 will be some of the most trying years of growing pains one will go through. I don’t know if this is true but it sure seems accurate.
By now, you’re probably wondering what this post has to do with drinking, bar crawling games, bachelorettes, wedding trends or literally anything else that the Crawl of Fame normally spends time with. Well, to cut to the chase, today’s post is going to be more about real, real life. What we’re all put on this planet for and how to deal with some of the constant struggles we face on a daily basis. This post is an inspirational and motivational post for not only you, but me as well!
And this post stems from what our founder, Alex, did earlier today. Alex has been battling with our beloved Crawl Daddy pedal bike for quite some time. He didn’t know if he should keep or quit using it as an attraction for our guests. Today, he had an urge. A calling. A feeling in his heart to offer it up to people who would find joy in it. To people that would appreciate the bike more than just weekenders running away from their day jobs in celebration of life events (which is still great - not discrediting this lol).
So what did Alex do? He sent out a couple emails expressing his calling to help. So far, he’s reached out to the Ronald McDonald House and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in an effort to share the pedal bike with these children. It’s a movement and sharing the love and generosity is what makes this world livable to live in.
When Alex texted me the fact that he wanted to give away his pedal bike for free, I was confused and surprised. The bike is one of the ways we keep the doors open at Crawl of Fame. I asked him why on Earth he was wanting to give it up for free, and he simply just responded with a, “I felt a movement to do it.”
I was enlightened by this. I think we as good human beings don’t trust our gut enough. We second guess every big decision without trusting in ourselves, our gut and more intensely, a higher power. Going through my classes to become a yoga instructor, one of the biggest things they talked about was trusting your body. Trusting that your body is strong and will do a lot for you regardless of what your mind tells it. The same thing goes with your gut. They explained that your gut is ALWAYS right. Your gut tells you when you don’t feel good, when you need to use the restroom…lol and when things don’t feel right or when they do.
I struggle with this, but the older I get and more decisions I find myself making, my gut has become one of my crutches. I am so grateful for it (especially working in the slimy entertainment industry). My gut feeling has helped me make the right decisions time and time again. It’s easy to ignore it, especially when you don’t like the answer, but I believe it is good to push into a level of discomfort from time to time. Listen to your gut feelings, even if it’s uncomfortable. I believe these are growing pains. You’re learning throughout this process and you’re becoming the person you are meant to be.
Alex made a big choice to offer the pedal bike up, but he believes it is the right thing to do. When you believe something is right, then there will always be positive outcomes from what you did. Good always overcomes bad. It often seems easier to just take the easy way out, but picking the higher road will lead to higher experiences. New opportunities happen and you are enlightened inside. You experience that “warm feeling” when you know you’ve picked the right, good path. This is why movies like Star Wars are so epic because the good (though completely outnumbered and more of the underdog) fights the bad and good wins.
If you’re going through something hard or confusing. Sit down, close your eyes, take in 10 deep slow breaths. Feel your lungs expand with the oxygen that gives you life. Appreciate your body and everything it does for you. You’ll begin to be grateful for the situation you’re in because it has led you to this meditation. Now you’re in thanks. Listen to your body. Listen to your feelings and I promise you will find clarity and the answers you are seeking. Trust your gut!
I didn’t mean for this post to turn into a yoga meditation guide, but I just kept writing and letting what my mind was telling me come out on the screen. I hope this has helped you, inspired you or motivated you! Reach out to me if you have questions or comments. Until then, I’ll be sure to get some pictures of our Crawl Daddy with the kids when we hear back from the people Alex emailed.