I have a lot of ideas; some of them are great and some of them fall flat...but I'll never know if one is great until I try it out. So, I was inspired by this idea after I went for my first Mammogram yesterday. When you turn Forty, you are required to get this x-ray every year as a screener for breast cancer. As I was in the waiting room, feeling uncomfortable and nervous, I noticed all the other women around me... checking their phones; watching the clock, etc. I thought, wouldn't it be great if someone offered a meditation or collectively got us to relax our bodies, our minds? Wait, I can do that! But, I didn't act on that urge... until today.
I choose Planned Parenthood because I used to go there when I first moved to New York and didn't have health insurance. I remember how nerve-wracking it was to wait there, not knowing what doctor you would get and the crowds of woman coming in/out. So, having some time before my next class, I walked into the Soho location. Here I am again, nerves high, heart-racing...and the biggest and loudest voice in my mind was, "Will they let me do this?"
I took a look at the waiting area; some women were filling out paperwork; others were deep in thought....maybe this isn't a good idea? I thought the best, most rational thing to do was to ask permission by security. "Hi... I just wanted to offer 5-10 minutes of a little yoga/mediation to the women waiting just to calm nerves...would that be okay?" "NO! This is a clinic," he barked. "Do you have an appointment?" I shook my head, No. He looked surprised, "The exit is behind you...you need to leave." I left rejected and a bit emotional. But one thing I've learned about being fearless is I may not always get the outcome I want, but it won't stop me from trying.
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These blog posts are part of my #40daysoffearlessacts Challenge. When I turned Forty on June 6th of this year, I decided to STEP-UP my life and created a "40 Days of Fearless Acts" challenge. Follow along as I step out of my comfort zone, do things that scare me, that I've never done before and/or are just plain silly and make me laugh!