Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Week Four of January Challenge

I am continuing my January Photo-A-Day Challenge, where every day I take a themed photo. This week though I have a very different story for you. I would really appreciate your comments on it.

This week's story goes...

I've started 2014 with a new philosophy which can be put into just three simple words - Move, Nourish, Believe!  As it turned out I am not bad at the first two, but at times struggle with Believe.  And the most difficult one is believing in myself, believing that I can do anything! 

Well, practice makes perfect.  And I decided to start practicing!

I've been wanting to try Bikram Yoga for a long time, but never actually got to do it.  For those who don't know, Bikram is a type of yoga consisting of 26 postures (asanas) and 2 breathing exercises performed in a room heated to 40 degrees Celsius for 90 minutes.  I was curious to give it a go, but the Non-believer was saying it was too hard, not safe even, as I don't operate very well in the hot environment.  What if you have a heat stroke? What if you get sick? What if you have a heart attack?  A couple of weeks ago I finally decided to tell the Non-believer to shut up and not interfere with my plans!  Yes, I nearly had a panic attack when I entered the Yoga Studio for the first time.  Yes, I nearly fainted when I noticed a couple of black plastic pails at the entrance to the Studio which had a label Purge Bucket.  But I was determined and the Believer won this time! I don't know what was more exciting, Bikram Yoga or the fact that I DID IT!

Last week a work colleague told me about an upcoming fund-raising event, The Ride to Conquer Cancer, and suggested that I should seriously think of participating.  Wonderful cause, where the money raised will go to the Harry Perkins Institute, Western Australia’s premier medical research centre.  But there is one little BUT!  Participation in this event means riding a bike for 6-7 hours a day for two consecutive days, covering a distance of 200 km! The Non-believer was right back, saying it would be mad of me to even think of doing something like this.  First of all, I've never done any long distance bike riding.  Second of all, I have not done much cycling at all!  The Believer was very quiet this time, as she simply did not have any arguments to ward off the pesky opponent.  Then she decided to take the last chance - consult with the most important people in her life, her husband and her mother.  She could not believe her senses when they both said ONYA!!! Ian offered to be my official support team and Mum said if she were in Perth, she would have been riding with me!

You can think what you like - I am crazy, mad, stupid - I don't care! The Believer won again!!!

I have no illusions about this ride.  I know it's going to be extremely hard.  But I also know a very wonderful woman who is on her personal journey fighting cancer at the moment.  I am doing it for her and million of others who hope to wake up one day and be cured forever.  But they all need our help and support.  The challenge I am facing is nothing compared to what they go through.

To finish of, I would like to share a saying by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a Psychology professor who is known for his study of happiness:

"The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times.  The best moments usually occur if a person's body or mind is stretched to its limits... to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile."

Week 4, 7 photos
Cloud Nine
Looking Down

Looking Up