“ Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”

 ~ Terry Pratchett

What do you call that feeling you have when something exciting is on the horizon? How would you describe your internal state on the eve of a big adventure? How can you really prepare for the unknown?

I’m not sure if the word anticipation is actually a feeling or not, but it somehow describes the state of mind. Excitement? Eagerness? Apprehension?

There are few things in life more comforting than a good solid routine. There are also few things more important than breaking it once in a while!

Whether it’s an annual vacation from your professional career, finals week with the promise of summer vacation ahead, or simply a trip to the other side of the globe to see family, there’s something about knowing your routine is about to go out the window that has a special thrill about it.

If you look at it in terms of the ebb and flow of life, (or the yin and yang if you will), it’s great to appreciate both states of being and the amplitude of your experiences in between.

It’s like a roller coaster ride. You’re clicking along in your predictable routine as you climb to the top… and then suddenly the bottom drops out and you’re on Mr Toads Wild Ride!

The adrenaline kicks in, you let out a whoop, then your stomach becomes weightless for a moment. You cram as much experience as you possibly can into a limited amount of time. But there’s only so many thrills you can have before you reach your limit.

When it’s time to settle back into your familiar home groove, it’s a different kind of relief. The return to the familiar is as welcome as flying the coop in the first place.

I’m sure there are some who can live in motion all of the time. Just as there are others who never, ever, stray from their routine. More power to ‘em.

For me, I find the juice of life to be in the contrasts, so I go with the flow. Gratitude for the times when things are steady as much as when novelty is at its peak has always served me well.

Life’s going to flow like a coaster so you may as well hang on. Let appreciation be be your handle and enjoy the ride!

Much love till next week!


Mark Metz
Director of the Dance First Association
Publisher of Conscious Dancer Magazine