"What's Your Truth?" : Confusing Questions My Yoga Teacher AsksAlessandra Rizzotti

I’m in ‘breathing cow’ pose at yoga class and my teacher nonchalantly asks in a very calm, almost sedated voice, “What’s your truth?”  At this point, sweat is dripping down my face and my butt is pointed in the air, my belly arched towards the floor, my head trying its hardest to reach the ceiling and although this is a slightly easier pose than most, it is not a position to be answering such philosophical questions.  I’m thinking my “truth” is that my body dislikes what it is doing right now.

(Image from RealBeauty.com)

“What’s your truth?” could mean a variety of things.  Are we asking about my thoughts, ideas, likes, hates or perceptions of the world?  Are we talking about the things I’m afraid of admitting but want to tell so badly to the universe?  Or are we talking about my dreams versus reality? Virginia Woolf once said, “If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.”  So, if I’m going to write for all you wonderful people, I should probably tell you my “truths”, or my dealio, so to speak.

Here is a list I haven’t shared with most people and if you have any questions, please ask and I shall answer.  Or, if you have a list of truths, share them below. 

TRUTHS/WHAT DEFINES ME/THINGS I DON’T USUALLY TELL PEOPLE SO IT’S A LITTLE OUT OF MY ELEMENT THAT I’M SHARING THEM RIGHT NOW:

1.  I danced in a modern dance company at Beverly Hills High School.  I was also in advanced theater and choir.  It was the best time of my life… and I secretly want to dance and sing again. Check out how serious I was! (I’m in the middle row, right.)

Beverly Hills Dance Company 2003 (Photo by Alice Kuo)

2.  People say I’m creative, but I often struggle with choosing one thing on which to focus so that I can become great at it.  For example, I love puppeteering, writing, filming, dancing, singing, voice acting and performing comedy… but I’m no perfectionista at any of these things.  I often wonder if I’ll do all of these things when I grow up or just focus on one, like voiceover.  I’m too afraid to pursue it wholeheartedly, but I do enjoy it a ton.  Check out my animation voiceover demo HERE.

3.  Outside of my creative interests, I’d like to become a professional, so I made this venn diagram of everything I’m capable of and hopefully it will help me figure out my career.  If you want to figure out your career, make a venn diagram, write a list or journal entry about it and feel free to share below.

Venn Diagram : "What I Am, What I Want To Be"

4.  I get anxiety thinking about all the goals I have.  Sometimes I can’t think straight and I start eating peanut butter to make myself feel better.

5.  I should start believing in myself.  It’s about time.  I’m just saying that if I don’t believe in myself, it’s  a complete disservice to my life.  Who knows what could happen tomorrow?  A bear could eat me alive!

6.  I like staying home and pulling on my PJs.  Nothing is better than cuddling with my puppy, boyfriend and my three cats.  If they all went away, I’d end up cuddling with my laptop and telling it bedtime stories.

7.  I love my boyfriend but I’m afraid of marriage because there’s a thing called divorce and my mom got a lot of them.

8.  I am a selfish person sometimes.  I’m working on it.  I don’t believe in it, but sometimes it happens.  Maybe because I was raised as an only child in the “slums” of Beverly Hills?

9.  I have a tough relationship with my parents, but I’m working on it.  No one said being human was easy!

10.  I see myself living on a farm one day…but not those weird cult-like ones, just a simple farm that makes jam and raises baby goats.

11.  I also see myself running a sandwich shop one day, with all sorts of cheeses and breads and meats… and veggies for you vegans and vegetarians.

12.  It’s important to hang out with your girlfriends.  The support I get from fellow ladies helps me live my life wholeheartedly and not go insane.

13.  The economy is sucking right now, but I don’t see how I can change it, other than work as hard as I can.

14.  My perception of the world?  I think we’re all lucky to be here, making the world what it is today.  Sometimes the world is dark and grey, sometimes it’s sunny and bright and filled with unicorns that are really horses in disguise outfits.  I look forward to the sunny parts, and try my best to make my world as sunny as possible.  What are the little things you do to make your world a happy place?

Speak your truths below!  I want to hear from you!

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  1. Fantasmic article!! I made my own list here – http://kaylaetcetera.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/my-truths/

  2. 1. I don’t think that I want kids. Jury is still out on marriage.
    2. I want nothing more than to one day have a job that allows me to bring my dog to work each day. He will be a springer spaniel. And his name will be “Moose”.
    3. I am simultaneously a risk taker and terrified of making mistakes. This creates one hell of an internal conflict.
    4. I am 26 years old and still sleep with my childhood blankie. I do not ever see this changing.
    5. I’m pretty sure I was an Irish Dancer, African, and homeless in a past life.
    6. I am an avid reader, blogger, DIY enthusiast, gymnastics coach, loyal friend, and aspiring world changer just trying to survive my quarter life crisis.
    7. I’ve made a few mistakes in my life that have truly served as catalysts for positive change. It’s the thing I like the most about myself.

  3. #2 – YES!

  4. 1. I hate cats but all my cousins think I love them. (I didn’t want to be rude! They’re all cat lovers.)
    2. I can sing. But no one has ever heard me…not even my own best friend. I wish I could just burst out in song sometimes; but courage is lacking I guess.
    3. I actually love coffee…like a lot.
    4. I do yoga every morning!
    5. I’m a pretty fancy baker (I guess…) and sometimes I daydream about making a career out of it but snap out of it quickly.
    6. I’ve always wanted to be the lead in a musical. High school came and left…still hadn’t worked up the courage.
    7. I cry at the littlest things sometimes.
    8. I imagine myself in a certain scenario in the future and I will never stop until I get there.
    9. I dreamt I became a hellogiggles “healthy living section” contributor. (No joke, this is 100% true)
    10. Lea Michele is my idol. I adore her more than she’ll ever know. (Oh gosh…I’m getting pathetic.)
    11. I was India for a month just a month ago! It was life changing.
    12. I get obsessed with TV shows super easily. It even gets to the point where it literally takes over my life temporarily. Ahem ahem, glee…..
    13. I sometimes doubt i’ll ever find my “prince charming” or whatever it’s called…
    14. I wish to travel the world one day, go to Paris and love happily ever after….and sample every kind of cheese.

    :) This was liberating!

  5. 1. Studied and graduated in culinary arts, but I hate working in the field. I can’t find a job that’s for me without having to take more school (which I cannot afford)
    2. I love concerts. I’m the friend whose probably already heard whose coming to town and probably already has tickets.
    3. I drive a Mini Cooper and I’m obsessed. Her name is Smurfette because she’s tiny and blue
    4. I want to brew beer and make wine. My boyfriend just got into and it looks like fun!
    5. Painting and baking is therapeutic to me
    6. I love seasons and the flavors and smells that correspond with it. (i.e. Fall=Pumpkin, nutmeg, apples)
    7. I have a strong passion to travel the world and eat and drink my way around
    8. I’m very sensitive and emotional. People always say I need to toughen up and I try but I can’t change who I am to please everybody
    9. Developed a green thumb over the years. This spring I’m gonna plant veggies for the first time
    10. I need to quit cussing so much lol
    11. I’m a self proclaimed dork. My family has been calling me one for years and I’ve learned to accept it lol

  6. All I have ever wanted is to have a family – husband and many children (and, yes, I’m still a massive feminist). But I’m 32, have never had a serious relationship (issues) and am deathly afraid that I will never realize my dream.

  7. My truths, um don’t know how this is going to go:
    1. My best friend is from 8th grade and friendship matters a lot to me.
    2. I’m weird, any time someone is like, “You know you’ll come off a little crazy,” “I think, duh.”
    3. An extroverted loner…I can be super extroverted for short periods of time and truly enjoy meeting people but then need a bunch of alone time to recharge, daily. Plus I enjoy having 5 groups of friends rather than just one big group.
    4. Every person is interesting (well most people, I don’t know everyone.)
    5. My family is awesome…I didn’t understand how some people didn’t like their families until I met theirs.
    6. I like cleaning and I’m a good vegetarian cook. (been a vegetarian off and on since for all the way since 4th grade.)
    7. Unsure why I like acting so much, but I do, probably because you get to be different people and wear costumes.
    8. I love physical activity and am generally a pretty bad athlete…maybe I’ll be good at contortion.
    9. My friend once tagged me as the tiny dangerous one and I think that’s pretty apt.
    10. There are a lot of great guys in LA (like supremely awesome,) but chemistry matters a whole lot.
    11. I’m a new agey atheist…unsure of how that works either.
    12. Lots of other things that change sometimes.

  8. you described exactly how i feel , thank you for sharing.

  9. I am sister, daughter, writer, girlfriend, friend, lover of music and really good hair, sewing crafts, and people watching. I work best in noisy environments like coffee shops and prefer Stauf’s to Starbucks. I collect hats and have a dream of displaying them all. Yoga makes me whole. I am an olympic weightlifter but I’ve never been to the Olympics. I’m just starting to figure out Twitter. I can’t handle chipped nail polish. I try to cram too much to do into a small window of time. I drive a station wagon, play the piano, am in love with my food processor, want a candle that smells like old books ’cause that smell is divine, and I cry at commercials. I am not a good baker but I give it a go. I think old people are cute, love hugs, and musical theatre.

    -Val

  10. 1. I LOVE music. There are days when I want to do nothing other than lay in my bed and listen to music. However, although I play three musical instruments, piano, flute & tenor saxophone, I’m not very good at neither of them. And I don’t really mind.
    2. I am a master procrastinator. One could argue I’m just lazy. I can sit on my desk, with an open book in front of me and just stare at the ceiling for 15′ (I’m supposed to be studying fro exams right now!)
    3. There are so many things that I want to do, but apparently, I’m too afraid to take chances. COWARD
    4. I’m studying Law but I don’t really know what to do with my life. Ask me how I see myself in 5 years and I’m like, no idea. I never had a dream job or anything.
    5. I like tea better than coffee. True story. Actually, I barely ever drink coffee.
    6. 7 times out of ten, I’d rather stay home than go out. Listen to music, read a book, watch a film, have a cup of tea or some wine, alone or with friends. And I’d take cinema/theatre/restaurant over a night club any time.
    7. If I lived in the 70s/80s, I would most definately be a groupie. There are musicians out there that I would marry in a sec.

    Oh gosh am I weird
    xo :)