Sometimes, life hits you with gratitude like a lightning bolt.
BOOM … BANG … TEARS
Let me set the stage for you: I had just left the Yoga Journal Conference, driving along in my rental SUV, Dodge NITRO through the winding roads that take you from Estes Park to the Denver Airport. The views were unreal – lake on my left, montain peaks to my right, and people playing oustide everywhere along the way. On the radio is blasting Pitbull’s, ‘Give Me Everything’ featuring Ne-Yo; I know, random.
And all of a sudden in this very moment, my body just filled up with gratitude.
My heart starts to swell and beat a beat faster and tears dive down my face. I’m literally wrapped in a moment of thank-FULL-ness. I think about and mentally thank my loving boyfriend, who deals with more personalities than any human should, my there for you any time, all the time family, and my radical friends who call me, invite me on adventures and offer high fives daily. I look at where I am driving, this insanely gorgeous landscape that I get to drive through for work, how lucky am I? So happy I left the heels and slacks to feather earrings and strech pants. More tears. The amazing people in my life, a job that I love to wake up to every day, my happy hamstrings open and free, as I had just rocked out three juicy days of yoga….Could I very well be the most grateful human right now in this moment?
I smile at the dude in front of me in the red SUV dancing to his music and waving his left arm out the window in the wind. I turn Ne-Yo up and breathe it in, too.
Here is the kick, in that moment, I let go. I let go of everything and felt the monster rush that was the gratitude lighting bolt. I allowed myself to cry…by myself… in the car. I gave myself permission to feel love and be thankFULL.
When was the last time you allowed yourself to feel loved? Feel insane gratitude? Love your life? Cry in the car by yourself?
Well, I highly recommend it.