As many of you know, I recently got home from being in Ecuador for 6 weeks. And to say that leaving everything you know and moving to a foreign country was hard is an understatement. While I was there, I had so much time to think and reflect on life. Many times I thought of how far I have come. While I was thinking of all the places I want to be and all the thing I want to achieve, I couldn't help but think of all the places I have been. The struggles I have carried. The storms I have faced. There is something amazing about reflecting on your own journeys. To sit back and think of where you were a year ago, a month ago, a week ago, and see how you have grown. And many of these thoughts of where I was, took me back to one place. The place where it all changed. This place, it's something special. It’s the darkroom. Many of you have entered this room and experienced the magic that it contains, but if you haven't, let me tell you.
The darkroom is a lot of things. It is the room where we sweat, where we dance, and where we recharge. It is a multipurpose room that exercises every aspect of you; mind, body, and soul. It takes a workout that was meant to burn calories and does that but so much more. It has the capability to break down walls. To work through struggles. To heal. This room, it’s a sanctuary. When you enter this room, you have just walked into one of the safest places on the planet. It is a little utopia in a world that is far from perfect. No matter who you are, when you enter this room you become part of this tribe. You are loved, accepted, and supported. We all come here to work. Whether that is mentally, physically, or emotionally it doesn’t matter. Because for us, being your best doesn't just mean looking your best, it means feeling your best. And in order to do that, we must keep growing. The second we think we have life figured out is the moment we fail. This team knows that everyone needs to do a little work. Everyone has something. So we made this room, one of the most real places in this world. A place where we can all come together and reach new heights. This room has seen it all; tears, laughter, cheers, dance parties. But the things that can’t be seen in this room are the reason we all come back. We are all walking towards better versions of ourselves. And how beautiful is it that we get to do it together, one spin class at a time.
When I say that the darkroom has changed my life, I truly mean it. There is something so amazing that happens in there that it is so hard to explain. When I first entered it, I was so confused. I was a cold-hearted, hurt, confused person at this time in my life. I couldn't understand the sheer love that was being poured out before class. The interactions between clients. The energy. The good vibes. It was all present, even before class started. The tone of the atmosphere is so much greater than all of us that it is hard to understand. I just remember feeling the safest I had felt in months. I knew that I would survive my first spin class because of the energy that room gave off. What I didn't know was how much that room would change my life. Like I said, I was a cold soul at this point. I was carrying a lot of hate and pain with me and it was taking a toll on me and who I was. Slowly but surely, this room did its magic. But it didn't happen just because I walked in. Just like anything in life, you get what you give. If you give this room your struggles, your insecurities, your hardships, whatever it may be, if you open up your heart, and more importantly your mind to the power that this room contains, your life will turn around. You have to take a leap of faith. I know it sounds silly. We go and spin in a dark room with inspirational music playing and candles lit. But you have to look past the things that you can see and hear, and tap into the things that you feel when you're there. When I am in that darkroom I see a group of people riding a bike that goes no where physically, but everywhere mentally. I hear music. Loud music, of all different genres. I hear my instructors pushing me to my breaking point and the cheers of the people surrounding me. But what I feel, that is something so special. I feel the love of each and every person in that room. I feel their pain. I feel connected to them. I feel safe. I feel like I can be whoever I need to be in that moment. Every time I enter the darkroom, it is a different experience. Some days I am the one hiding my face in the towel as I sob uncontrollably, while other days I am on a high like no other. But that is the beauty in it. You can go there and just be. Be who you need to be for that day and know that if you dive in and let yourself feel the things that aren't seen, your life will be transformed.
So trust us on this one. Let yourself dive into the magic this room contains. And come home to us. Together truly is the best place to be with all of you, because when we are together, with our music playing loud, and those candles lit, and eyes full of tears, that is when we become who we were intended to be. Sending love and good vibes as always, to all of you, wherever you may be!