Tai Chi and Writing

by Nola on April 30, 2013

Tai Chi womanAs I get older, I am (blessedly) less concerned with vanity about my appearance and more desirous of feeling flexible, well balanced and energetic. I have always thought that practicers of Tai Chi embodied those qualities, in addition to appearing peaceful. So when my local community college scheduled a beginning Tai Chi class for 55+ seniors at a time I could fit into my schedule, I took the leap. I’ve attended five sessions so far.

Alas, nothing has changed since high school. I am still uncoordinated. The slow-moving, simple-looking Tai Chi forms (movements) have me flummoxed so far. But I am not giving up. I am giving myself permission to learn as slowly as I need to, to master the footsteps before I try to add the arm and hand motions. There is no point in practicing doing something the wrong way. This is huge for me, readers, because I have a long history of needing to be good at everything I do. In the past, I would probably have quit the class rather than be the last one in the group to learn the forms. It is wonderful and freeing to reach the point in life where I really don’t care what other people think about me.

As I begin now to write my Everfield book series, really committing myself to my career as an author, I realize it’s a lot like learning Tai Chi. There are a few moments of brilliance and vitality, where things come together and I feel the joy of what I’m doing. But more often, I feel out of my league, awkward and uncertain. Writing is not a comfortable undertaking. But I will not give up. I know that the more I sit there and fully engage the words and ideas, the more fluid the process will become. Just like Tai Chi.

There are 15 more class sessions, and I intend to be there.

~ Nola
“Small town — big love.”



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Amy Lamont May 1, 2013 at 8:06 am

Awesome that you’re learning something new with the Tai Chi. The whole perfectionist mind set is such a tough thing to let go of. But really when we give ourselves permission to fail, we end up with our greatest successes.

Keep up the good work!


Nola May 1, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Amy, you’re absolutely right. It’s the old “nothing ventured, nothing gained” paradigm that keeps us from trying new things, for fear we won’t be good at them. So much more freeing to just be willing to let it all hang out there.


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