Tonight, I was practicing balancing in a headstand after my favorite Gaiam yoga video and found myself very fearful of falling over. Over Christmas break, I got used to practicing my inversions near a wall instead of freely on the floor. It isn't often that I hit the wall with this particular pose, but it's nice to have it there just in case. I really hate falling.
Now that I'm back in Kirksville and don't have a nice, empty wall for support, I'm having to learn how to trust myself again. I was doing these poses freely before, able to feel my own body and read it more carefully as I learned how to balance on my head with no wall at all. Becoming too dependent and comfortable with the extra "support" of the wall has affected my confidence in myself, a side effect I was not expecting. I found my body telling me to trust myself, reminding me that I can do this - I've done it many times before.
You know yourself better than anyone. You know your limits, and you know what it takes to push past them. Your body is your soul's own unique system, and you know better than anyone what it needs. It can be easy to drown in others' thoughts about how you should live your life when we should really use their personal insights and knowledge towards developing our own wisdom about ourselves. Everyone's different; what works for me may not work for others.
Don't be afraid to listen to that part of yourself telling you what you need, even if it's different from convention. Learn how to have a conversation with your body and your mind instead of being swallowed by them, and then learn to trust what they are telling you.