#Truth. My truth. I am so grateful that for the last (almost) 40 years, I have gotten up, pulled on stretchy pants, and headed out to do what I love. I can honestly say that there has not been a time that it has felt like work to me. Even the hard days, when my employees were watching as my car was repossessed. Even the days when competition got tough and we had to sell our business. Twice. And now. The days that I long for teaching the way we used to…in person. Hearing my students’ breath, sighs, and WOO’s is something I miss. So. Much. I miss the sweaty hugs and the high fives. I miss the energy of the group. It’s so different teaching from my little office, to a screen of people looking at their screens.
And it’s where we are. And it’s still…so…good. I still love what I do, and feel deep gratitude that many of you are still willing to let me do what I love. Teach. Inspire. Create community in a new way. It still doesn’t feel like work.
The jump to virtual teaching has been challenging, but also fun. I love learning something new, and covid has given all of us MANY opportunities to do just that.
I am curious, those of you who are reading this. What are your thoughts about work, and more specifically, retirement? My Grandfather told me to save for retirement, from my very first paycheck. Being an entrepreneur, and long-term small business owner, that has not happened. Now that I am “pushing 60”, I am starting to think about a safety net, wondering if that is even possible, and also feeling like I never want to retire. I see myself teaching yoga and senior fitness until I take my last breath. I am pretty sure the responsible thing is to get some sound financial advice and start looking at the future.
In the meantime though, as long as you will still show up, I am going to keep teaching. It makes my whole day when I see your faces on that zoom screen. I love every message you send when you have done a YouTube workout. Thank you all for allowing me to do what I love. Thank you for continuing to move your body, even thought you might have to do it in your crowded living room. Most of all, thank you for allowing me to stay connected.