Isn't it funny how you concentrate on the ONE negative, even when there are MULTIPLE positives? I struggled with this last week- So far I've gone through about 100 reflections, of which about 80 were extremely positive and uplifting, 19 were positive and offered constructive feedback, and 1 was negative.
And it was all I could think about.
Never mind that this negative feedback came from a teacher completely uninterested in the course in the first place. I can't say much more but let's just say I was not surprised in the least when I received this reflection. So why couldn't I shake this?
I decided to walk away for the weekend. I enjoyed amazing food like sushi and indian- and this morning after Kickboxing I walked into the grocery store to find- ONTARIO PEACHES!!!!! I've been waiting all summer for these puppies and I immediately made a Peach/Cheerios/Greek Yogurt mix up.
|Lentil Dal, Tikka Masala and Vindaloo. Woo Hoo.
Please note this was not all at once. Though, I'm thinking about it.
After stuffing my face, I came back to reading my class reflections. And this one was the ultimate.
In seven days, I taught 40 classes and met about 110 teachers. To get a reflection like this made my entire day. No, year... life.
A Fitness Fairytale
Once upon a time there was a girl who loved to exercise. She was young and carefree. She had all the time in the world to work out- at least two hours a day. Fast forward 16 years. Sure, she met her Prince Charming, but injured her back, got arthritis, had two kids, separated her pelvis, and gained more than 100 pounds. So what does she do? She signs up for a Phys Ed AQ, knowing that she is in the worst shape of her life and will likely be in a class with all young, athletic teachers. And that brings us right up to the present moment.
You may have guessed by now that the girl is me, so let's dispense with the fairy tale talk for now. Here I am on my couch reflecting back on what has been at time intimidating, exhausting, and even downright humiliating. But ultimately, the last two weeks have been awakening. I've recaptured my love of exercise. Because of you.
On that first day of class, I was excited and relieved to learn that yoga was part of the course curriculum. It was probably the only thing on the roster that was familiar to me and that I felt good about trying. I enjoyed learning poses that address so many aspects of fitness: strength, flexibility, agility, and endurance, to name a few. The classes were fun and informative. The atmosphere is inclusive. Instructions were clear and easy to follow. Your energy was infectious and made me rethink how I teach my students. The lower and higher options made it easy to adapt poses to my own personal ability. It was great to rediscover a fitness practice that I used to love.
As a young teen I played sports like netball, field hockey, and softball. But I never really loved competitive sports. I supposed that's why I never had the athletic prowess of some of my teammates. That doesn't mean I don't like exercising and being fit- and you made it clear that I was not alone. There are tons of kids out there who feel the same way. Yoga, Pilates, and other personal fitness programs are great tools to reach those students who aren't necessarily athletes, but who want to be active. Every student deserves a chance to feel successful and fit- I loved that you focused on this. Create success. I think this mentality will help Phys Ed teachers get greater participation out of their student body.
So, back to my personal fairytale: how does the fairytale end? I don't know yet, but I do know that I am determined to make Yoga part of my daily routine again. A journey of a thousand miles begins with one... stretch.
Thanks for the inspiration and Namaste, Fairy Godteacher.
I am actually speechless. Which, doesn't happen often. When I said that yoga had forever changed my life, it was only my dream to make that part of others' lives. I feel fulfilled, happy, and joyous. It's actually strange to not be throwing in a sarcastic joke right about now.
To the teachers: thank you for giving me an amazing teaching opportunity, that has also been an incredible learning opportunity for me.
Have you ever lost touch with something that was such a big part of you, only to recapture it years later?I have to say for me it's been kickboxing. I used to love love love it, and then I injured my shoulder playing lacrosse. My shoulder issues come and go, but I've been so thrilled to get back into it. I feel strong, powerful, and badass.
Does anyone else focus on one negative comment versus a zillion positive comments? Why do we do this?