I have so many thoughts I want to write about. Another round of KS questions are await, questions which are good and which I am still developing answers to. On top of that, last night I received the most heartwarming fedex package ever, a thank-you card from my Team Challenge peeps, a cool keychain commemorating the season, and a gc to Bergamont spa, all of which deserves it's own post. I was actually thinking, moments after finishing up my top 10 post, that I left out a few major moments. Perhaps the biggest omission was the whole Vegas coaching buildup and the chance to mentor and guide that group through December and then Kim and Monique through March. How great is my life when stuff that I forget to include in the top 10 still totally rocks my socks?!? I suppose because the coaching experience was stretched over many months it did not fit into the same space as some of the other events I chose to remember, although it was very comparable to the yoga TT process which did make my top 10. Anyway, I'd like to save this line of thinking for a future post.
I also have some thoughts to dive into about yoga TT in general, about the differences I observe between Haute, and Core Power. I'd like to go into detail about the pros and cons of the Core Power approach to teacher training. On the upside, the training I went through is applicable to any style of yoga and the focus on foundation and the rigidity of the requirements form the nucleus of any high quality instructor. Put more simply, you can tell when an instructor has gone through the Core Power system because they are better than they would be without having gone through it. On the other hand, the Core Power method has a tendency to produce an unnecessarily robotic or disconnected instructor since the aspects of spirituality, individuality, and creativity were not discussed or nurtured, at least not in the basic training. The focus on foundation and fundamentals felt so heightened as to almost dessicate the uniqueness of the individual instructor, which in some ways devalues the personal connections (or are they all illusions of connectedness) which make yoga so special to me. Maybe everyone else goes to class for the yoga and the alignment cues, but for me, the person speaking is at least 50% of the experience and probably more like 90%.
All of those thoughts deserve further discussion.
But right now, specifically yesterday and today, my heart grieves for the loss of one of the most respected San Diego sports heros of my lifetime.
|#55 Junior Seau|
I've been fortunate enough to share a few yoga classes with another Charger linebacker, one who I've watched on tv on numerous occasions, cheered for, and idolized. His yoga practice is actually quite graceful and beautiful, this large hulk of a man can do things I can't do and his humility and approachability match everything I've read about Junior Seau. It's not fair to compare the two men, one still very much alive, one now having passed away, but I think it really helps me to have practiced next to one of my sports heros in order to humanize and empathize with all of the others. It helps me to see a 240 lb linebacker who could knock my head off my neck struggle a little bit and even topple over on the mat next to me. It makes me feel like we are all in this thing called life together, that sometimes the s that is freaking easy for a 110 lb 25 y/o girl is just plain difficult for someone else. Most of all, no matter how awesome we may seem to the entire world, no matter how gorgeous a photo is or how incredible our athletic or intellectual ability makes us seem, sometimes we look in the mirror and we don't like what we see.
I've thought about suicide a lot. And of course, being a type A engineer, I think about the mess and the cleanup. I could never leave something like a gunshot suicide around for someone else to have to deal with. I also think about Hunter and my father and I know I could never harm myself because of how unfair it would be to them to do something so selfish. But that doesn't stop me from having moments where I'd like to give in, where I'd like to end it all. I'd like to think that makes me human to feel that way and to rationally dismiss those thoughts after accepting them for what they are, irrational reactions to some of the normal difficulties of living.
Junior's decision actually brings more clarity for me more than it brings confusion. I don't need to know why he made the decision he made, I don't need to know why someone who had everything I could ever hope to have would say goodbye to the world. I don't need to know if all of the collisions on the field somehow affected his ability to make decisions or if the simple letdown from a long and successful career coming to a close proved too much of a burden to someone who's entire life has been a series of beating the odds and overcoming challenges. I don't need to know why.
The clarity of Junior's passing is that I know I can never do the same. I can never cause that kind of pain to my family and my friends. I can never walk away from the bountiful beauty of the present moment, of all the joy that life offers me every single day. I can't snuff out my own light because even though my flame burns sometimes, the moments when I bask in it's glow more than make up for that.
With renewed dedication for life, I remember you as one of my heros, Junior Seau, #55.