absolutely not

There are a few things that I’ve vowed I would never do. In fact, for much of my life I was downright adamantly opposed to them. They are:

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?

2 Comments on “absolutely not”

  1. Fink says:

    I like Dave (even though we’ve never met)-I think you’d be a fantastic teacher!

    I remember the first time improv was mentioned to me, I literally wept. Just the thought of class made me cry instantaneously. And then somehow it became part of my life and then I did stand-up and discovered I loved that even more. Now, I’ve learned to never say never. I’ll try (almost) anything once.

  2. Megan Morrison says:

    I was NOT going to be a drama teacher. That was for failures. But I am a drama teacher. And I love it. I love the kids, I love the material, and I love watching students take the journey from “Oh, no way, I can’t do that,” to running up to me and listing the sound effects and props they’ll need for performance the next day. And you know, I hated improv. I hated that lack of control. So maybe I should revisit that too, because I think at this point in my life, that control I used to need over how I would look onstage has been pretty much annihilated. I might actually have a good time. (Also, I just happen to remember an improv exercise in college during which you burst out with “I’m as fertile as the Mississippi river!” and we all burst into riotous laughter. So I am not surprised to hear that you are successfully exploring improv theatre. You always had the smarts and guts for it.)

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