Adventures in a Bathtub
Last week I had the opportunity to move my son into his first adult apartment. He had made an arrangement with one of his buddies to take over the lease since he was moving to Austin. Among the details there was obviously no communication about the apartment needing to be cleaned before the big move-in. Needless to say the place was filthy. As I was heading into the bathroom I noticed a glass vase on the counter that was filled with cloudy dirty water, a plant and something moving inside. Upon closer inspection there was a live fish in the vase. I guess this was my son’s house warming gift from his buddy. He now is the proud owner of a Chinese fighting fish.
After cleaning the bathroom we decided to tackle the disgusting fish tank. We filled the bathtub and began to get excited for the fish to have the entire tub to swim in while we cleaned its tank. We were thrilled for the fish. We talked about the bathtub being a great vast ocean for the fish and the exploring and adventuring that was about to happen. We were anticipatory for the fish to dive in. We dumped it in and waited………and waited……and waited. The fish did nothing. It remained in its 2 inch diameter spot that was the same circumference as when he was in the tank. We couldn’t believe it. The fish had a huge tub to swim around in and it remained the entire time in the exact same place. Never moving never venturing.
When I came home that night my thoughts kept going back to the fish. I couldn’t help but to think that at times or maybe frequently we aren’t that different from the fish. How often do we stay in the same spot? How often do we play it safe rather than explore and adventure? How often do we set limits and boundaries on what we can do and who we can be? How often do we play small instead of living large?
We do this in all areas of our lives. We do this on our yoga mats in our yoga practice. What pose have you crossed off the list of you ever being able to achieve? What form or shape of your body do you think impossible to attain? What athletic ability have you determined will never be in your grasp? What career opportunity would be your dream job? What distant acquaintance is your soul mate? What destination have you longed to see? Sometimes these self-defeating thoughts are of our own making. Sometimes they come from others telling us we can’t or shouldn’t or aren’t good enough. All the while we are missing the opportunity to swim around the entire bathtub. We are missing the adventure. We are missing the opportunity to truly live authentically with purpose, passion and vibrancy.
Through this experience I am reminded of another fish. A most amazing, lovable, adventurous fish. Dory from Finding Nemo. Dory has a zest for life. She lives with passion and purpose. There is nothing that Dory doesn’t think she can do or is afraid of doing. She meets a shark and thinks that they will be best friends. Having no idea that she is about to be breakfast. You see Dory has no memory. She doesn’t remember past hurts or fears or traumas. She doesn’t remember scary situations or times where she felt defeated. Dory only lives in the present without any experiences to hold her back from being her most authentic self.
What would your life look like if you were able to move throughout it with no memory of past failures, hurts and defeats? What would it look like to boldly go into this life without holding yourself back or putting on limits? What would it look like if you truly believed that all things were possible? In yoga we use mantras to connect, quiet the mind, and instill focus. We use mantras to diffuse the voices that distract us from our authentic self. Dory had a mantra….”Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming.” Maybe we should do the same.
We are excited to dive in head first into fall at The Fit Room. Lots of new classes and programs are being added to the schedule. Stay tuned for……meditation, Yoga Tune Up balls, soothing of anxiety, and much more. As always BE STRONG! If we can assist in any of your health and fitness needs please contact us.
Kim is a passionate fitness junkie that is certified in Personal Training, Pilates & Yoga. She thrives on introducing you to your healthy, fit, joyful and amazing self through fitness, life and nutritional counseling.