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The Ride That Changed Britt's Life
March 9, 2017
nstructor BRITT HENRY opens up about the moment that she stopped settling for good and began chasing AWESOME...
For as long as I can remember, I liked to be in the middle of the pack. There were things I excelled at from a young age. Like sports… I was pretty fast. Singing: I could carry a tune. Academics: I was on the Honor Roll every semester (er....almost). But when it came to taking the next step, I was never one of those people who fought to get to that next level. Next level required a competitive fire I simply did not have. The idea of trying for something MORE was terrifying. I didn't want to be great. I wanted to be good. I wanted to stay put.
This continued through college and into my professional life. I got a good job. I made good money. I worked good hours — just the way I liked it. Then one glorious day — and I remember this day so vividly — I was shaken awake.
I had been riding at SoulCycle for about a year. I took a Friday off from my good job and decided to ride at the West Village studio in NYC with instructor Karyn Nesbit. At this point with SOUL, I was a front row rider. Not because I liked leading, but because I liked to look at my form in the mirror. I knew I could keep up with the class. The beat of the music came naturally into my body, and the choreography was something fun that I didn't have to think too much about. In short. I was "good." There was a moment in class when Karyn walked up to my bike, put her hands on my hands and looked me dead in the eyes and said "YOU. You. Are. Awesome." I smiled but really I thought 'Me? Uh no. I'm good. Not awesome.”
But something in me shifted. I felt high after that class. I'm sure there were moments other people had told me I was "awesome" but for some reason that two seconds of acknowledgment stuck with me. I wanted to feel that everyday. I went home and still in my sweaty clothes wrote my audition email to SoulCycle. This would start me on a year-long journey to chase that feeling. I realize now that I never wanted "good." I just hadn't figured out the thing I wanted to be awesome at.
I wake up every day so thankful that SoulCycle found me. At SOUL, there is no failure, only your journey. If you haven't quite figured out what makes you want to ditch "good,” don't worry — it’s out there. If you are lucky enough to know, don't waste any time. Take the leap. Chase your awesome.