With Labor Day around the corner, parents and kids begin to feel the change. There is a parting with the warm carefree days, full of swimming and late nights, and a welcoming of brisk mornings and less humid days. The easing into the more scheduled days and evenings begins, the preparing of school supplies, and, most importantly, readying ourselves emotionally for a new school year.
When some kids get ready for school, or begin to think about it, anxiety sets in. Not all of us are ready to release the comforts of summer and move forward. Although school is an exciting new venture for some kids, others may be uncomfortable with it, and unable to express exactly how they feel. Perhaps they are afraid, not knowing what they will be facing in the next few weeks. These feelings can be so strong, and sometimes may be released in various ways – anger, easily agitated, withdrawn. And yet, some kids are looking forward beginning their new experience.
As a mom, I can say that I hope for the latter.
Also as a mom, I have come to accept that change is difficult. Some changes cause more anxiety than others. But change is a real, existing phenomenon, and we all have to face it at one point or another in our lives. And accept it.
School has its highs and lows. Perhaps the first day will be absolutely wonderful, and we are going to have the best experience we’ve ever had going to school. You get the teacher you wanted, you make a new friend, you get complimented on how you carry yourself, have the perfect lunch, and everyone smiles at you when you walk into the room.
But sometimes, it might not go as we had planned, and it is not the perfect day. You might have forgotten your lunch. Your teacher isn’t the one you wanted. As the day goes, things just get worse, and you just can’t wait to get home.
But you know what? It’s OK. It’s ok for change to be good sometimes, and not so good the other times. Change can be considered imperfectly perfect, bittersweet and, a way to grow.
Yoga is like that too. One never knows what is going to happen when they start – if they are going to hate it, love it, or not be able to do exactly what the teacher says to do.
But that’s not what doing yoga or going to school is about. Like change, it’s about showing up, facing that change in our entire imperfect Self’s glory. And being content with that you did it, no matter what the outcome. And that, for anyone, is absolutely perfect.
Have a wonderful school year
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