“What if you wake up some day, and you’re 65 or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big, juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let that happen.” -Anne Lamott
As a voice teacher and yoga instuctor, I work with so many men and women who have experienced the above situation. Maybe they’re not yet 65 or 75, but they woke up one day feeling unfulfilled by their day job, unhappy with their level of health or lack of focused challenges, and searching for the ability to peruse their childhood dreams. While I admire Ms. Lamott’s suggestion that you should live your life right this moment, the one thing I believe she has overlooked is that it is never too late to do the things you always wanted to do. It doesn’t matter if you’re 65, if you want to learn to sing, then take lessons, practice, do your research, learn to read music, and find performance opportunities. If you’ve always wished you could do a headstand but were too scared and out of shape to try, find a teaching/yoga instructor/trainer and get to work with a well-planned progression to build the strength and flexibility necessary to invert. If you have always had thousands of story ideas rolling around in your head but you never wrote them down, then carve out 30 minutes from each day and start writing. Whatever your previously-silenced intuition is calling for, do it, and do it with passion. Sure, it may seem daunting. You may think “what’s the point. I’m too old to achieve any real success.” But, I disagree. Success is in the eye of the beholder. Sure, you may never win American Idol, grace the cover of Yoga Journal, or pen the great American novel… but then again you just might. No matter what your age, the only one you have to answer to is yourself. We all live lives racing against a ticking clock, but don’t let the fact that you’re dying keep you from living. If it is important to you, then do it. Start now. It is never to late to work towards the life you always dreamed of.
#journeytohandstand challenge day 16: floating prep. “Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth ‘you owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that, it lights up the whole sky.” -Hafiz
Every day is a chance to shine and share your love unconditionally: with others as well as with yourself. Light up the sky with your radiance and live the life you have always wished for.