Tonight the husband and I leave for Johannesburg for a week. We’ve been invited to conduct another sneaker customizing workshop for a major street event. How awesome is that, right?
So of course, for the entire past week I’ve been all “dammit, I’m gonna miss a whole week of pole classes! How will I keep up with the routine when I’m back? What if my crossed-knee layback decides to stay in Africa with the lions?”
Last night I stayed for practice with a couple of classmates till 11pm, busting out straight-leg static choppers, elbow stands and pseudo spin-up-V’s with gusto.
No, we’re not crazy-obsessive like Nina from Black Swan yet… Pole practice sessions are literally scheduled from 930pm – 11pm every week night at the Studio, ok!
Anyway I got home all happy and bouncy and bruised as a banana, and wistfully wondering how many days my practice buzz can last me.. while charting my personal progress, cos I’m nerdy like that:
“Straight leg chopper improving? Check! Pull-up getting stronger? Check! Elbow stand in heels? Check! Managed to miraculously pull up into a clumsy-looking aerial-V? Just twice, but Check! ”
Then suddenly it hit me: I’m traveling to beautiful South Africa in less than 24 hours, where I’ve never been and get to see a part of the world that’s as far-flung away from Asia as I can think of, and I will probably get to touch lion cubs cos the organizers have kindly offered to bring us to The Lion Park. (Lion cubs, y’all! Real live, baby Lions!)
And I wasn’t even excited cos I was too busy worrying about getting my spin-up-V. Damn, looks like I am slightly Nina-from-Black-Swan-crazy after all!
My point is… there’s more to life than pole, people! (and by people, I mean me. Cos You’re perfectly well balanced and never get your pole shorts in a twist over challenging tricks till you lose sight of the more important things in life. I mean, who does that?! ;p)
So I’m taking my chill pills, promising myself that I won’t pig out over the next six days like I did in Paris, (there’s no Laduree cafes in Johannesburg so I should be fine) creating a fun, safe time ahead, and getting on that plane tonight with no silly pole worries in my head.
Real-life, Baby Lions, yo!! Oh, my effing gawd, I’m so excited!!!