1. 1.
    of, relating to, or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.
    (shoutout to Google for the definition.)
    First, I would like to thank you all for continuing to tune in and leave feedback and connect. I realize my blog is in a transition phase and is settling in a different direction.

Alright, let’s get started. I’ve had a few things on my mind lately. I’m beginning to bring in more balance in my life. As a result, I’ve been feeling mega inspired.

To begin, I’d like to share a couple of experiences and realizations I had today. I’ll hit the bulletpoints.

  • I made a friend. Her name is Rachel. We take the same exact bus/train route to school. Rachel is studying to be a vet tech, though she isn’t sure if it’s exactly what she wants to. She is very excited about transferring to BYUI next year, and her dad is nervous about her leaving home, much less out of state. She has been practicing learning how to cook before she moves. She’s not very good right now, but she is working on it. Rachel also loves to read. She has read about 54 books so far this year. She invited me to go to the library with her the next time she goes. I’m really looking forward to it. She has a genuine smile and an honest spirit.

I had a lively conversation with a student on the train. His name is Nick. Nick has been a college student for 8 years, and he is preparing to graduate after Spring semester, the same time I plan on graduating. He admitted 8 years is a long time to be a student, but he was not ashamed. He said he knows his disability holds him back a little bit. As he said this, he smiled big and wide and let out a laugh. He is just so happy that he has the opportunity to get an education, regardless if he’s failed a class or two..or more lol. He hasn’t quit. He’s still going, after all this time.

As our conversation continued, I learned that Nick and I had several commonalities. He had been diagnosed with epilepsy as a young child. We have the same counselor. We’re graduating at the same time next year.

Anyway, Nick inspired me. Not only by his perseverance, but by his presence. The train was especially crowded today. Nick, myself, and two other girls shared a quad section of seats. This is rare. (People don’t usually sit so close together. I don’t know why, it’s just something I’ve learned after observation.) The two girls shoved their way toward the seats. I came in after people had exited the train. I took a seat next to one of the girls. Then, Nick came and sat in the remaining seat. As soon as he sat down, he greeted each and every one of us with a “hello” and a giant smile. (of course, nobody dares talk to each other either, even when sitting next to a real, live human being.)

The only difference between the experiences I had with the two girls and Nick was that Nick genuinely wanted to connect and did so.

So, today I learned bravery from Rachel and connection from Nick.

bravery and connection.

Coincidentally, some amount of bravery is needed to connect. What an amazing realization.

I took this lesson with me to yoga tonight. Some of the postures were difficult, and I did my best as I tried them out. I felt contentment (santosha), particularly because I didn’t judge my performance, or label it. It was what it was and that means nothing and everything at the same time.During class, I connected to my breath. After class, I connected with people in the studio. It was amazing.

Today was not perfect. Today was a Thursday and I enjoyed it anyway.