Near the end of last year, I attended a holiday gathering with many old friends and former colleagues. It was a joy to connect with those I hadn't seen for years and laugh about fond memories and shared experiences.
In the course of catching up, many people asked whether I was still enjoying life as a yoginimama. I shared various updates and talked about some of the highs and lows of this adventure. I was surprised when multiple people followed up by asking some form of the same question: Is it enough?
Despite the fact there had been no malice behind the questions, my first instinct was to go on the defensive. I wanted to talk about the organization I am excited about diving into, enumerate the laundry list of projects in the works, share my latest extracurricular activities, and wax poetic the incredible experiences I have been able to enjoy in this season of life. But something stopped me.
As I reflected, I realized the question needed no more than a simple answer: Yes. It is enough.
It is true that my life looks very different than it did four years ago. I have traded daily interactions with Members of Congress for early mornings spent helping clients improve balance and flexibility on their yoga mats and in their daily lives. I recite Dr. Seuss rather than write speeches about the policies that shape our nation. But I feel no less fulfilled. And I am learning how to let that be okay.
In the year to come, I invite you to join me in exploring what it means to embrace this season of life and learn the lessons it offers. Because wherever we find ourselves - whatever vocations, activities, and adventures we pursue - there are endless opportunities to grow. Together we will discover how to open our hearts and minds to whatever comes our way. Ready or not, here we go...
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