Today (Tuesday 8th September), sees the fourteenth year that my husband has put up with me. We always celebrate (read commiserate for him) our anniversary and this year will be no exception. I have, however, broken with tradition and chosen my own present.
Choosing my own present was not a decision I took lightly. I know that in many respects it makes perfect sense, but we still love the element of surprise. We never buy our own birthday, Christmas or anniversary gifts – it’s just the way we are.
That all changed though, when I saw this beautiful bracelet.
It is, of course, a yoga inspired bracelet and yoga is something that has become very important to me over the last month or so. I am going to be blogging about it in more detail, but suffice to say that I have finally found a form of exercise that I am in love with.
Yoga is as much about breathing and connecting with your body, as it is about the physical movement and one of the main reasons why I wanted to get this gift for myself was to remind me. I wear it every day and that reminds me that when I am getting stressed, or finding the day tough or just hitting a brick wall, to come back to the present and that which matters. It reminds me to breathe, it reminds me to connect with my body and it reminds me to celebrate life. That is something which for me, has been so easily forgotten.
Not only is the bracelet beautiful and a joy to wear, it is a symbol of finding something that I have been searching for my whole life. An exercise regime that I can embrace and enjoy, and an inner peace that can keep me safe, healthy and productive. I can honestly say that this year, I have no regrets about choosing my own gift.