A few weeks ago I had a new woman attend one of my Power Yoga classes. For a first-timer, she stood fairly close to the front of the room and even brought her own mat. I was quite surprised when “Ann” told me that she had never taken any yoga class before. With that being said, she listened attentively and tried her hardest to follow along and do the modifications for beginners. She was a real champ! She had a smile on her face for the full hour even though I could tell her mind was so in the moment of the poses…
The following week I walked into class and who was standing front and center? Yes, Ann. I walked over to her and said I was glad she was back. She questioned whether or not I expected her to return. I told her I wasn’t surprised and that I never give up on anyone! I applaud anyone who tries something new. There are those who roll with the usual flow and those who challenge to do something new. It takes moments like these for me to remember why I love this job. When things get into a routine, it’s easy to lose focus. I forget what kind of effect this type of job has on another person and sometimes the other person has no idea what kind of effect he/she has on ME! Ann probably has no idea how truly lucky I am to have met her and what an inspiration she is to every member of the class!
By the way, did I mention that Ann is 81 years young and the mother of eight children?
So, here are my questions for each of you to think about: At what age do you stop trying new things? Do you believe you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Or, do you agree that age is just a number, and that you’re only as old as you act or feel? Would you have the courage at the age of 81 to try something new?
Each one of you is born with an empty spirit waiting to be filled. How do you nurture yours and keep it young and alive?
Take chances! Live life!