About a year ago I started taking yoga classes. I must say I was impressed. I found that yoga has a very subtle but noticeable positive effect on my body, mind and soul.
What was also very noticeable where the sweat stains- and smells on the publicly used mats. To avoid this, I ordered a yoga-mat online. It arrived by mail the day I flew back to Zambia. It was pink. I kept it. Here is why:
Being one of the few guys at yoga I already attract enough attention to myself during class. Now imagine the attention I would get if I rocked up with a bright pink yoga mat!?
I discussed it with a few friends and they all advised me against it, for several reasons. Mainly because:
- “I will be known as the guy with the pink yoga mat”
- “It is girly and yoga is girly enough as it is”
- “People will look at you in “a strange way”
I call bullshit. First of all, because I have no actual evidence that people will think this about me.
But more importantly, essentially it has nothing to do with me and who I am. What it has to do with is people’s perception and labelling of what simply is.
Pink is just a colour. I am just a guy. If you judge me for it and make assumptions because of it, I won’t be offended. What you think of me is not my problem. My problem – or rather; my opportunity- is what I think of me.
I’m happy with who I am. Pink yoga-mat or not. So will I buy a new mat just because it is “not normal” for a guy to have a pink yoga mat? Of course not. I have an opportunity to lead by example and show that what matters is what I think of me.
In many instances we base our decisions on what other people might think of us. That is a reaction out of fear. Instead, find love and embrace that what makes you different and unique. If you are cool with it, others will be too.
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