In my lifetime, I have learned to never say “never”, because something happens to make you do that very thing you swore you would never do.
A little over a year ago, I discovered yoga. Well actually, thanks to the help of some really great and patient teachers I discovered I could actually do yoga. With a body that was so run down and overweight, I had pretty much written off any type of yoga. After trying it once years ago, I swore I would never again attempt a yoga pose. Exercise of any sort was a struggle for me, even dancing, an activity I truly love, just wore me out. Now yoga is not a miracle cure for anything. I have had to really work at it and try things I found to be a bit scary, but with the encouragement of Marti Lee, Marilyn Gibson and Jeannine Becerra, I not only tried it, I accomplished more than I ever imagined and have stayed with it for more than a year.
Yoga involves not only physical activity, but meditation and spiritual connection as well. Teaching you more about how to take care of your entire self: mind, body and spirit.
The other day, I felt muscles in my arms. For a minute I thought it was a tumor but then I felt the other arm and flexed and it is actually muscle developing. Then I noticed them in my thighs. It is like my body is waking up thanks to something I said I would NEVER do!
I believe we should not get so comfortable in a routine that we quit trying new things.
Lately, we have been leaving the TV off at night and spending time in nature. Planting a garden for the first time in years, and we are BOTH tending it. Granted my sweet husband is doing most of the physical work, but that I have the energy to help and plan has been a very big blessing for me. Some nights we just sit on the deck and talk as we watch the sunset. Then when we come in we don’t even turn the TV on. Maybe it’s my imagination but I think I am sleeping better now.
In a few days, I am having my 60th Birthday. It’s an odd feeling. Part of me feels if I stand on my tippy toes, I can see the end of my life from here. Not a lot of time to do the things I have always wanted to do. I am grateful for an amazing life so far, but there are a few things I have been putting off, thinking “some day”. Like going to France. I studied French for years and have never used it in a practical situation. Starting my own radio show. I loved hosting a radio show and have let that fall by the wayside. And finishing my book(s), workshops and establishing my own practice as a healer and counselor. So many things I could still accomplish.
I have on my vision board a picture of a woman who took up ballet at the age of 50. In the picture she is en pointe and a very beautiful ballerina. I studied ballet as a child and realize how hard that must have been to do at her age. Her picture inspires me to realize that it is never too late to do some things.
After all, I got married for the second time at age 50 and lost my job a few months later, which led to re-inventing myself; a process that is still ongoing.
Regis Philbin, found his true calling in his 50′s and worked at it until he turned 80. At a young age, he knew he wanted to be in show business, and even though things didn’t work out for him early in life, he persisted, finally achieving his dream.
And Barbara Walters just retired at age 80-something. She has had an amazing career, and even though she wasn’t accepted by her male colleagues early on, she found a niche and persisted and followed her dream all these years, paving the way for women to find a place in journalism.
I really like a quote by Marina Keegan, “What we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over. … The notion that it’s too late to do anything is comical. It’s hilarious. … We can’t, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have.” Marina was an accomplished writer who died at age 22, just after graduating from Yale. She was very young, yet wise beyond her years. That goes back to the quote in the picture that some people are old at 18 and some are young at 90. Marina’s words spoke to me as I realize I am beginning a new adventure at this point in my life and I will embrace what the Universe has in store for me!
I am hanging on for the ride!