Take the 3 minutes. Hear me out.
As I sit here in my epsom salt bath eating a burrito (💁🏻♀️🤰🏻💁🏻♀️), I’m just at peace. I feel a way that somehow became so foreign over these past unprecedented months.
FRIENDz...I needed today.
Contrary to popular belief, I’m very much human. I have down days ... lately it’s felt like down weeks. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to all of you that I’ve questioned, on more than one occasion, if reopening the studio was even worth it. Worth the strict health and safety guideline. Worth the reduced class sizes. Worth the effort of reminding everyone, basically from scratch, that a life where you #loveyourself first, is the ONLY life that you’ll never regret.
I didn’t know if the studio was worth it anymore. If everything had simply changed too much.
Well, after today, I can tell you, without an ounce of doubt, that is IS worth it. That it HASN'T changed.
Standing there, with my incomparable superhuman team by my side ... Erika, Cassie, Coral, Alycia, Erin, Davis, Heather ... I felt it again. Looking out at the sea of FRIENDz and other FRIENDz-Leaderz ... I felt it again.
Because of all of you, I felt it again.
I couldn't end this day without sending a gigantic heartfelt plea to those of you who’ve felt how I have. Who’ve doubted the worth, the power, of our home.
I urge you ... give me, the FRIENDz, our home, a chance to remind you. To remind you that this IS where you belong.
The love is still there. The power is still there. The strength, support, escape, freedom ... it‘s ALL still there.
And it’s waiting for you.
“say you will ... love me still ... say you’ll save forever for me”
“You are not hidden There's never been a moment You were forgotten You are not hopeless Though you have been broken Your innocence stolen
I hear you whisper underneath your breath I hear your SOS, your SOS
I will send out an army to find you In the middle of the darkest night It's true, I will rescue you“
Carry me there
I'm only human
I will feel blessed
I'm only human
Softly you say to me
I will be there
Love me and feed me
Lift me up, hold me up
In our darkest hour
In my deepest despair
Will you still care?
Will you be there?
In my trials
And my tribulations
Through our doubts
In my violence
In my turbulence
Through my fear
And my confessions
In my anguish and my pain
Through my joy and my sorrow
In the promise of another tomorrow
I'll never let you part
For you’re always in my heart”
🙏🏼 Lauren “Pigtails” Caparso