My Instagram feed sometimes makes me feel like I'm in the middle of a bloody war.
On one hand I have the Boss-Girls: female entrepreneurs that post pictures of meetings, laptops, button up blouses, and empowering slogans. They wear high heels and pencil skirts and love telling me how to kick some butt on their Instastories.
On the other hand I have the Self-Carers: laid back ladies that post pictures of creeks, bubbling brooks, hammocks and yoga classes (with props, not heaters). Their Instastories show me views from their cottages, or meals that they are enjoying late in the morning.
Every once in a while I feel like I'm being asked to pick a side: do I want to hustle, or do I want to flow?
The truth is that I truly love both. I love that charged energy of spending days working hard. I love the feeling of being accomplished and getting sh*t done. My ego eats that up.
I also love being completely lazy. I am built to sleep to 11am. I can lay around and read for a full day without any itch to get up. I have no internal drive to go to the gym. I'm very good at lying around.
Why oh why do we have the idea that one way is right?
Balance is boring.
Every yoga teacher worth their salt will tell you that you only learn to balance by falling. I have never seen the most accomplished yoga teacher balance indefinitely. We aren't made for it. We are beings meant to explore and change. It's wired into us.
Balance isn't a straight line. Instead, it's an even wave with adjustments back and forth. Remember that nice harmonic sine wave from algebra? That's balance right there, loves.
Think about a kid on a balance board: they sway towards one foot, then the other, and the goal isn't to stop moving, but to not hit the ground.
In the same way, running a business will never ever be an even keel. You're gonna hustle sometimes, and you're gonna flow sometimes. Both are necessary. When we get in trouble is when one side is weighted terribly more than the other.
Frankly, neither one is very satisfying without the other. Would Wonder Woman be much fun without a villian? Who is she going to lasso? We need both the hustle and the flow in order to find the balance.
Don't pick a side. Hustle and flow until your heart is content.