“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now” (Paulo Coelho). As I approach my 30th birthday and reflect over the past decade of my life, I deduce the biggest lesson I’ve learned this past year (which might have something to do with my fear of turning 30): It is possible to coast through life and not have control of anything that happens to you. You can become a passive bystander waiting on the sidelines. On the flip side, it is also possible to take an active role in your life and reach for the things you want. It is ultimately one’s choice. It is fitting that I learned this lesson this past year as I scrambled to squeeze in or at the very least start achieving more of my life goals into this decade before approaching a new era.
There are many stories I can tell that support the existence of a little known theory: If you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere. The City made me find my inner strength, which I continue to cultivate on a daily basis. This can happen while I’m racing to catch the crosstown bus, running down the stairs at the sound of a subway car approaching, heavy lifting due to moving from apartment to apartment, or walking home carrying (way more than I thought I could handle) Trader Joe’s grocery bags. Since this is my daily life, I can say I am walking the plank all day er’day.
“At SoulCycle we believe that fitness can be joyful. We climb, we jog, we sprint, we dance, we set our intention, and we break through boundaries.” A little recommendation for people that THINK they don’t like to exercise- try a SoulCycle class with your best friends. This past Sunday, I was invited to a very special birthday celebration at SoulCycle. At first, when I received the invitation from my lifelong friend to celebrate her birthday at a 10:45am class at SoulCycle followed by brunch, I thought “do I have to?” followed by “Can’t I just join brunch?” Sundays are usually strictly reserved for physical and mental recovery, sleeping in, eating burgers or BBQ, and binge watching Netflix. Safe to say, I’ve never exercised on Sundays. However, in the end, I decided to suck it up and join my friend for her whole birthday package. Boy was I in for a big surprise.
Revival of the Fittest. This slogan is featured on the wall of the cycling room at Revolve in Union Square. It seems fitting given the fact that I am barely surviving by the end of the spin class. The instructor sets the pace and the resistance and it takes a lot to follow it by the book and without breaks. To follow the beat of the music is always a challenge for me; and I am waiting for the moment in which I will feel fit enough to survive any spin class.