One day, to the delight of us both, we see that practice brings success, and it appears! “They’re doing it,” I whisper to myself. They being my clients.
Their success seems to come out of nowhere. Except…the reality is that they’ve been practicing and practicing these moves for a bit now. We get to actually experience the joy of their success that practice brings.
It could have been a number of things
It could’ve been the pattern of the movement combo, the syncopation, the coordination or the balance that it requires, but whatever it was that was challenging my client, that was then and this is now.
Success brings big smiles to our faces, bursts of high-pitched giggles spontaneously erupt. High fives start flying all over the place, again, again and again. Waahooo!!!
YUP, brought me to tears
It never fails to give me goosebumps and sometimes I’ve even been known to cry. Of course, at that point, they may look at me funny. Really??? says the puzzled look on their face. This is what brought you to tears? Hey, I’m Italian, whadda expect!
Yes, movement can bring tears, joyful ones, of course.
When I was a young girl, we lived in a place that had woods all around us. Our neighborhood, however, was full of kids.
We spent hours upon hours in the woods, climbing trees, catching bugs, studying leaves and identifying the nuts, sticky balls or flying whirrlies that the various trees threw off.
Logs fell across the creeks, and we double-dared each other to walk the log to the other side. It was probably no more than 5 or 6 feet above but it seemed to us to be 10 or 20 feet high from the rocks and the water bubbling below.
We loved it and we were there to move and experience the joy of movement every day.
Every so often, you’d hear a big cheer go up in the not-to-far distance. Someone’s practice just brought them success, and it was time to celebrate.
In Love With Body Movement
As an older adult, I’m still in love with body movement. I love to do it and to watch it as it flows beautifully in and out of amazing contortions.
It’s the hard work, the determination, practicing over and over, wondering if success will ever come. It’s not just the excitement of the win, it’s the dead tired but oh-so-good-feeling of a hard workout, especially when you know you just wrung out that 1% better than yesterday.
Accomplishing each goal is empowering, powerful and reliably motivating to push you to continue. Mostly, it’s the massive pleasure you experience along the way.
I call it Practicing Euphoria. And, it drives us.
PS. A lot of our work is BodyWeight, but sometimes we add some small equipment. Here’s a cool List of Equipment that can take out some of the guesswork when furnishing your Gym At Home