absolutely notPosted: June 21, 2011
Running and Improv
You can probably guess where I’m going with this.
For some reason the mere thought of running or improv would give me a headache. In high school when we had to run the mile, I walked it. Looking back, I’m not sure why I did this. It wasn’t like I had any physical ailments preventing me from picking up the pace. And when it came to booking auditions, if there was any mention of improv anywhere, I put a big fat NO next to it.
I didn’t feel like I was missing out on something great by not having running or improv in my life. I figured I could have a pretty satisfying life without these things. But there I was going about the business of my life, and suddenly being convinced to “just try running and see what happens,” and “just take an improv class and get back to me.”
Oh, alright, but I’m not going to like it one bit!
But then I did. I liked it one hundred bits over. I ended up training for a 5K run in Central Park and went through two years of improv classes. These things that I got sick just thinking about have become some of the most rewarding experiences in my life so far.
And, so, now that I carefully examine another thing I’ve been opposed to, I wonder if just trying it could lead me down an equally enriching path. When I was teaching yoga, the one thing I decidedly did not want to do was teach kids. And when I filled out the 400-question survey for the career counselor, all questions regarding working with children were not even in the running. Dave (who just so happens to be a wonderful music teacher to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders) has told me many times that the kids would love me if I were their teacher. He might be a little biased, but I’ll take it! At first, when he would say this, I would just say “no, absolutely not.”
But now I wonder, what if I “just tried teaching kids and see what happens…?”
Is there anything you’re adamantly oppposed to doing?