If you know me at all, you know how amazingly powerful saying “never” has been in my life. My advice to you? Watch out what you say you’ll never do!
Never Say Never: 5 Things I Said I Would Never Do
- Write anything for pleasure.
- Teach English. I despised English classes and loathed grammar and anything ironic or symbolic.
- Run a marathon.
- Practice Bikram Yoga.
- Have kids.
The only statement that hasn’t become reality is running a marathon. But I guess based on past experiences with the power of ‘nevers’ in my life it will happen one day. The other four items on the list have come to be a huge part of my current life and passion for work.
It’s funny how things I put a ton of energy around, good bad or otherwise somehow make it into my orbit. I suppose the things I resist the most are the things I have the most to learn from. I have to admit that my life has become much richer and so much more amazing now that the ‘nevers’ have entered my life and become integral parts of who I am and will continue to impact the choices I make in the future.
Nowadays, I look forward to each day knowing that my son’s smiling face is waiting to greet me. His laugh gives me strength even though I am dog-tired from sleep deprivation. I get energized at the thought of putting down the stories that have been simmering and grateful that I have the time at home to do it. Oh and if you see any grammatical errors it’s the sleep deprivation! I’m such a grammar fiend now!
As for Bikram yoga, I practiced for six months and decided that it wasn’t for me. It wore me out! (And TMI …developed a case of back-ne which still hasn’t gone away.) I do yoga when I can at home but more traditional forms are better suited to me these days. I miss the heat though it was probably too much for me in the end. I’ll check out other forms in the new year that don’t heat the room so intensely. A little pain and some discomfort is good for the soul as it shows us what we are made of.
Have you ever said ‘never’ to something that became a complete game changer?
I would love to hear about it.