Cultural Compass (part 1: SoulCycle & Basic Bitches v. Unicorns)

I ride. I spin. I cycle. Whatever.

Call me a basic, but I probably have a nicer ass than you do.

Yeah, everyone wants to be a unicorn. But you know what? Ain’t nobody gonna play leapfrog with you in the park.

I’ve gone through many stages of activities and exercise, not only in NYC. I landed at SoulCycle and as much as I tried not to, I love it. I also won’t stand to be shamed for any of it. I put my all into that ride; I challenge myself on my terms but with the help of an instructor I trust; I hoot and grunt when they perkily yell into the mic, “how we doing today, SoHo?!”; and sometimes I even close my eyes and have a good cry when the lights come down. What’s basic about being brave?

I love SoulCycle and I embrace my more basic qualities.

The war of The Unicorn v. The Basic indulges those who color themselves “special” in that someone else has to be identified as un-special. But, dear Unicorn sisters, I’ve got some news for you: just because you’ve got the jump on the newest styles and go to those places to lunch (not brunch) and those parties to dance doesn’t necessarily mean you’re better. Sure, what you do makes you…uniquely you, no matter which side has branded you. But don’t for a second believe that someone didn’t make those choices for you–that you weren’t herded in your own special little way and that you weren’t prodded by a certain, maybe offbeat, invisible hand that led you to consume, however counter to the popular culture.

And also, why would you want to limit yourself by any standard or label? I’m pretty satisfied that I can brush shoulders with Jered Leto at that party while I’m wearing a gypsy dress that I bought in Provence at a market nobody around me has ever been to, or rolling up to that warehouse party wearing my self-designed, handcrafted body chains…and I also love SoulCycle and the occasional PSL when we first hit Fall, and avocado toast at Cafe Gitane

I refuse to identify with either side. I am special for many reasons. I hope everyone feels that way about themselves, whether or not they like PSLs. I actually feel more confident in my choices and in the things that make me special because I haven’t put someone down to feel that way. I’ve gone out and sought an extraordinary life for myself–and certainly not in spite of anything or anyone else.


Coming back to SoulCycle, I’m impressed by the people who teach there as well as the people who go. They want something better and they don’t give a shit what you think. I’ve struggled and sweat next to all shapes, sizes, and sexes. Sometimes I go for accountability when I just can’t motivate myself. Sometimes I go, honestly, so I don’t feel so alone, especially in the city. I challenge everyone to do something different. Isn’t that why we moved to NYC, anyhow? If it’s not this, then do something else that scares you, something that breaks down your barriers and makes you question yourself. It’s healthy for your brain and for your body.

Sign up for your first class: I dare you.

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