I blame this post on the fact I made a not-that-funny joke about teaching Charming to slackline. Afterward, in my inimitable way, I grew obsessed with the parallels between slacklining and my life.
I used to tell people–everyone. anyone who would listen.—what terrible balance I had.
If you handed me a BOSU ball I’d mount, stand pridefully aloft for a fleeting few seconds—-and fall on my face.
When I took the Wii Fit Body Test the results essentially enquired if I often spontaneously fell over.
Ive learned a lot about balance in my forties.
From the Tornado. From the Husband. From Charming (<—-post foreshadowing!). From all of you.
Ive focused a lot on balance in my forties.
Slacklining is the art of walking & balancing on a piece of webbing strung between two anchored points.
You can tie webbing between trees or poles (Oakland is renown for its urban slackliners) or, if you’re a tree-loving misfit, you can purchase an anchored slackline contraption (you *can* pad trees from webbing, but I’m like The Lorax. I worry about the trees.)
The other day, as I again attempted to make my way between two firmly anchored points, I realized slacklining parallels my life.
The tips I offer adult-friends when asked about life-balance are the same ones I offer the Tornado’s friends when they want to slackline.
Allow me to elaborate.
Tip #1 Don’t look down! In the same sense as don’t look behind you –you’re not going that way. In life and slacklining keep eyes up and focused *forward.* Look toward your destination. Trust your gut. Let your sense of balance tell you where and how to step. Live intuitively.
Tip #2 Chill out. Relax. Focus on releasing tension from arms/shoulders before stepping on the line or out into life. Worrying is praying for what we do not want. Fear based living OR ‘lining doesn’t work. Make that mind/body connection—but don’t over think it.
Tip #3 Be consistent. Try new things–but keep returning to the old. From ‘lining to living practice breeds success.
Tip #4 Giggle. Laugh. Have fun. Life is short—don’t always be serious and outcome focused. Enjoy the process of slacklining–don’t worry about making it to to the end of the line. PLAYout.
(searching for balance:)
I’ve learned in life and in ‘lining even simply standing up can be a challenge.
Ask for help. Lean on others. Find your anchored points.
And you’ll succeed.
- Have you succeeded in finding your balance in slacklining or life?
- What are your (literal and figurative) anchored points?