Looking for Normal
Decades ago, when my brother got married, it was a small affair. I remember driving around the block on our way to the wedding, and someone was cutting their lawn. What! This was a wedding day. A special day. It seemed so odd that normal—even mundane—things could be happening.
Now, I have a different perspective on normal. No matter what’s going on in the news, or in my own life, the sun keeps rising and setting, the world keeps on going around on its axis—and people keep on cutting their grass. And I find it restorative to do normal things. This weekend we got to spend time with kids and grandkids. We cooked, went to the neighborhood pool, had a sleepover, and had bacon and waffles for breakfast. Okay, bacon and waffles for breakfast is mostly for holidays and family gatherings, so it’s not your everyday normal.
It’s comforting and restorative to experience normal. Watching kids laugh and play, get tired and fussy, have “family movie night.” I hope that no matter what else is going on in your life, that you get to experience some comforting normal. Some time with family and friends. Some time doing ordinary things, and enjoying being alive.
After my walking vacation in England, I’m getting back to my normal routine. We have Tuesday’s Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes—still Free/Pay as You Wish. Of course, after a holiday 3-day weekend, Tuesday won’t feel quite normal, will it?
Our Thursday series for June is From the Top. It’s an exploration of how we hold our heads up on top of our spines, and the small movements inside our heads that can make a big difference. The series starts this Thursday, June 2. Please register no later than Wednesday, June 1.
For the first time in quite a while, we have an in-person Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement class—it will be a hybrid class, so you can attend in person or online. It’s through the Jung Center of Houston, on Tuesday evening, June 14. The lesson is Ankles, Knees, and Hips: Finding Support for Moving Forward (Hybrid).