Acro Yoga: A New Way To Live Your Life?
The word “acrobatic” conjures up images of ballet dancers, gymnasts or even circus performers. But acrobatics isn’t really all it seems to be made out to be. Acrobats are trained from birth to perform a specific task, but they don’t need any special training at all before they start doing it! They just have to want to do it! And they usually get bored very quickly if they aren’t given some sort of challenge to keep them interested.
It’s like how I used to think acrobatics was boring when I first started learning it in elementary school. It wasn’t until my high school graduation that I realized what a wonderful thing it could be for me! Nowadays, acrobatics is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done in my life!
I learned acrobatics because I wanted to see how far I could go with it. And I did! There were times when I didn’t feel like going outside or practicing, so I’d just practice my moves inside my room.
That was fine too; as long as nobody saw me doing it, why would I care if somebody else knew?
(And besides, no one does anyway!)
But then something happened…something amazing. Something that changed everything for me forever!
I had just gotten home one day when I decided to work on a few of my tricks. At this point in my life, I could already do a handstand on the ground, a handstand against a wall, a head stand, and a couple of other moves. And on this day, I was working on something I had never tried before; hand walking up the side of my minifridge!
I grabbed on to it and pushed myself up. Then I grabbed the other side and repeated the process. I didn’t think I would be able to do it, but inside, I wanted to do it for some reason! So I kept at it, moving slowly but surely up the side of the fridge.
I was about three feet from the top when I suddenly lost my grip and slipped. I fell straight down and hit the carpet with a thud. When I looked back at the fridge, I saw my handprints marked in dust on both sides!
I also saw something else. Something no one was ever supposed to see! But there it was, plain as day for me to see. My mom had hidden a half empty bottle of wine behind the fridge. And she had lied when she said she didn’t drink!
I didn’t tell anyone. I didn’t know what to do.
Should I tell my dad? Confront her? Was she an alcoholic? Is this why she was always so tired all the time?
I eventually decided not to say anything. She had so much on her plate already with my brother and father, it couldn’t be good for her to have another stress in her life. I would just forget that I ever saw it. And that’s what I did.
It took a while to get it out of my head, but eventually I was able to block it out and get on with my life. That is, until the day that changed everything…
I was in high school at the time. It was lunch break and I was sitting with my friends when she walked in. She was a new student here, though everyone seemed to know who she was before she even got here. Not sure how that was possible, but it seemed like everyone knew her, except me.
As she stood in the cafeteria surrounded by people, I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful she was. She also looked different than anyone else at this school; not just because she was Asian (I’m not trying to be racist). It’s just that I had never seen anyone with skin that dark before. Or maybe it just seemed dark because it contrasted so greatly with her silky white hair.
The way she carried herself was different too. Even though she was new here, it was as if everyone knew and accepted their inferiority to her. I know that’s how I felt. It’s also how everyone else seemed to feel as well. You could sense this great desire to be like her in every single person at this school.
It was odd to see, but then again, I had never seen anything like this girl before.
She sat by herself at a table on the other side of the cafeteria. She didn’t eat much and was there for only about ten minutes before leaving. I had Physics next and we had shared the same class before, so I knew her schedule. After she left, I got up and followed her out of the cafeteria and into the hallways.
I don’t know why I did this. I guess I just wanted to get to know her. But I hadn’t gotten far when suddenly, I heard a familiar and unwelcome voice behind me…
I turned around and saw that it was Matt. He was one of the biggest idiots at this school and for some reason, he thought we were friends. Strangely enough, he was also one of the few people who could piss me off faster than my mom.
What do you want?”
I asked rather bluntly.
“I’m just wondering what you thought about that new girl.” he wondered.
“You know, the really hot one with the dark hair and pale skin.”
Hmmm, she did look pretty unique compared to everyone else here…
Oh, you mean Lisa?”
“Yeah, that’s her.
Have you talked to her yet?”
“No…have you?” I said defensively.
“No…but maybe we could both talk to her together later or something.
Are you going to lunch now?”
I wasn’t, but now I had a good excuse to leave.
“Yeah, I guess I’m going.”
“Alright see ya later. Oh, and if you talk to her, just be yourself. She’ll like you just fine.”
“I don’t want her to like me. Now leave me alone. I gotta go.
I grabbed my bag and ran down the other hallway, trying to find her. I felt rather stupid for following her around like this, but I couldn’t stop myself. I had to talk to her.
I didn’t see her in the hallway, so I decided to head to the girl’s bathroom on the odd chance that she was in there. Luckily, I caught her just as she was exiting a stall.
“Lisa,” I said.
She turned around and looked at me. I was suddenly at a loss for words. I had planned what to say to her when I saw her, but now that I actually saw her, all those words escaped my mind. Fortunately, I’m smart enough to improvise
“The…uh…the hallway…is dangerous,” I said trying to reference how I had seen her walk away from Matt and me earlier with some sort of explanation.
“…what?” she asked looking confused.
I was really wishing I had thought this through a little bit more.
Maybe it would be better to start off with something less creepy and work my way up to telling her how I feel?
“You know…with all the gangs in this school, it’s not safe for a girl to walk around the hallways without protection. I could…maybe…ah…”
Why couldn’t I say anything close to being romantic.
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