I am #NotJustAYogi

 

“You've got to find yourself first. Everything else'll follow.” 
― Charles de Lint

 
 

SO often I catch myself trying to always post "perfect" yoga pictures on social media. It just isn't realistic. Most of the time when I want to post, or have something to say, it has NOTHING to do with yoga!!! It's kind of funny how people react when you show who you really are - not just a globetrotting yogi with some perfect life, always with positive quotes and not a blemish in sight. When I post more personal images on Instagram, people unfollow me! Like I said, it's funny...when I post 100% yoga I am more desirable for some reason, but when I post my unfiltered life, I guess that isn't interesting. Lol, I am over it. Show me a Yogi that does MORE than yoga. Yoga is a part of my life, but it isn't my entire life. 

I am coming full circle with this right now, letting go of trying to have any kind of perfect image. GUESS WHAT? One of my main hobbies is Anime. Yep, I like to sit on the couch and watch episode after episode. How yogic! I just don't care anymore. I have a passion for animation and interesting adventures and stories. I can get lost in them all day. It's a BIG part of my life, just as big as yoga, and finally, after all these years, I'm EMBRACING IT!!!! It feels so good to just be me and not always filter what I put onto social media as someone I'm just not. I am not Kathryn Budig, I am not Rachel Brathen. I am Mary Mecca! I love rainbows, I'm a huge anime nerd, and I'm a lightworker/warrior. That is who I am, and I am no longer filtering it or pretending to have a perfect image.

Part of this liberation was dying my hair. I've always wanted purple hair, after my favorite anime character Misato (from Evangelion). I let my best friend Ashley, who is an amazing colorist, add the pink/purple ombre fade (because who doesn't love pink & purple!?!). My new hair truly represents who I am, and I've had so many people come out of the woodwork to praise me finally just being myself. And it feels right. It feels good.

So, nice to meet you! I'm Mary, I'm a nerd and I do yoga. I've watched more anime than I would like to admit, I'm a wacky artist and I paint only with spray paint. I frequent music festivals and carry a moon stick. I am unapologetically unprejudiced and will not judge to a fault. I'm an activist, a guardian, and an empath. I feel deeply, I act creatively. That's me, this is how I do. Namaste! <3 

Love,
Mary