The pandemic has brought not only
the obvious challenges of finances, logistics and health
but for many, an existential crisis,
a reevaluation and a reset.
People are resigning from their jobs;
reinventing their lives;
or trying to find ways to reboot
their pre-pandemic existence.
For my own part,
aside from traveling to different cities
for keynotes, coaching and events,
I used to go to the gym 5-6 times a week–
aiming for the lunch hour or late at night
when the yoga room was empty.
I’d dance around,
experiment with movement,
sit on the floor and write
or develop new material for a client.
For me, the empty studio
was where I created most of my best work.
Once the pandemic hit,
I shifted my exercises to the park,
and to a desk
but it has not been the same.
Running sneakers and grass
are not quite
jazz slippers and an open wood floor.
I found my body changing,
my hips hurting,
and my spirit slowly deflating.
Even when the gyms opened up,
I didn’t feel safe going back in.
So I finally made a bolder move.
This fall, I gave away half my furniture,
and last week, I treated myself to a mirror.
I now have a studio in my studio.
and I am overjoyed.
This one small adjustment is already transforming
my sense of self,
my creative process,
and my body.
My biggest regret:
not doing it sooner.
What is the equivalent for you?
What shift in your environment
would make a measurable difference
to your mood and day
and begin to connect you back
to who you really are?
And don’t wait too long.
Risk Forward and Rock On,