Physical Balance, a wonderful thing to have
You don’t have the desire
You don’t have the strength
You don’t try
You think you can’t or never will be able to
I have to tell you, it is really cool when you can though.
I remember very well the first day I attended a class and my Sensei asked me to take a balance slow motion step forward. I nearly fell over my own feet as I stumbled into the position. It was awkward and embarrassing. I had confidence going in since I had been a runner for years and had good leg strength… for running as it turned out.
What I learned quickly was that the concentration, coordination and strength needed for Tai Chi was deceptive. Such a soft looking exercise is very demanding. My Sensei laughed at me that first day, saying based on what he saw I had no chance of gaining balance.
It was a gauntlet throw-down. A great challenge which I took up with gusto.
I can proudly say that my balance is now quite good and that it gets used daily in ways I would never have thought.
In life, little movements:
- walking from the sink, to the fridge
- a turn-around to kiss my wife goodbye as she leaves for work
- dragging the trash up a rocky incline to the pick-up spot (and back down the next day)
- manuvering up and down stairs with laundry baskets (and other things)
- picking up something that falls on the floor
- reaching down to pet my cats
- putting on underwear, socks and pants while standing
- and a whole lot more
The ability to do life with balance and control without thinking about it is wonderful. Is there a fear of falling in my mindset? Not if I can help it by continuing to work on my skills as I continue aging.