You become the company you keep. So keep good company.” – Dr. Douglas Brooks
I was a good kid growing up but I got involved with the wrong crowd.
In high school I was a serious student, played the piano for school choir and musicals, and got decent grades. That is… until I began hanging around with friends who valued partying, resisting authority, and breaking the rules. This got me into a lot of trouble.
My health declined and I started to feel burned out and exhausted. I had a bad attitude, my grades began to slip, and I was unhappy.
I knew I needed to change something.
I rededicated myself to my music. I started studying with a university professor and practiced 6 hours a day. I entered a regional competition and won for the first time. I was ecstatic. This led to a career in music, which eventually led me to yoga.
I was heavily influenced by those friends; I don’t blame them or myself. I take full responsibility for my actions and decisions. But I’m aware now that I wasn’t living in a vacuum.
We are all influenced by the people who surround us.
When I transitioned from jazz to yoga, I had to let go of my jazz friends. I remember my jazz buddies calling me every night to go club hopping in Miami to hear all of the hot new bands. Once I starting practicing yoga, I just couldn’t tolerate the nightclub lifestyle – the late nights, smoky clubs, alcohol, and sometimes drugs.
After a while my jazz friends stopped calling me.
I had to change friends in order to change my life.
The great thing was this: although I lost […]