Well, itís a new year. And as weíre all taking stock of our goals, and what we need to do to get there, Iím looking at making a few changes, especially in my exercise routine.
Donít get me wrong. Iím not giving up the daily hikes and walks with good old Magnolia Louise, whoís always ready to put on her leash. The sessions with the trainer arenít going anywhere either, nor is the other trip or two to the gym for weights.
But, Iíve always wanted to do tai chi. It seems sustainable, and wonderful for balance, strength, toning, meditation Ė in short, all the things Iím trying to develop. But for some reason, classes are hard to find in this area, and not available at my gym.
Months ago I bought some DVDs, but I couldnít figure out how to work the DVD player. NOT a techno-person, which is a little hard to manage in this world of digital cameras and i-Pods. But my friend Joyce, who listened to me whine about this, piped up and said ĎI know how to work my DVD player, I have the room, and I need to do something like this for my arthritis.í
VOILA! A fellow bumbler! So what if she has a teenage girl in the house Ė one whoís at the eye-rolling Ďoh mom!!!!í stage! Joyce and I have made a date for this Friday night at her house for the first of what we hope will become weekly sessions of friendship and tai chi. Maybe weíll even go out for coffee afterwards!
Iím so excited, not only because of the tai chi adventure, but also because another one of my major goals for 2006 is to connect with friends. Between the Alzheimerís mom and work, itís been very hard to sustain those life-affirming, supportive relationships that make life worth living. Joyce and I have been friends since high school, and our paths have taken us through some hard times, often separately. Itíll be fun.
Donít get me wrong, Iím a little nervous about this. Tai chi requires balance, and I canít even stand on one foot or walk straight some days. But, with a little help from a friend, I know Iíll make it. Will you?