exactly a year ago, i was in the hospital, tube down my throat, holes in my stomach. pain had been creeping up for months, leaving me weak and skinny. i was barely going through the day, so sports? forget about it.
thankfully, doctors found a diagnosis: a genetic stomach disease. i am allergic to most food: no wheat no bread no dairy no gluten no alcohol no onion no cauliflower no garlic no red meat no pasta no pizza no mushroom... wait what am i going to eat? after months of diet trial and errors, i found a new energy, which i used it to get back to exercizing. yin yoga first. slowly, once every two weeks then twice a week. introducing new activities like swimming, biking and a bit of cardio. i held myself accountable for eating healthy food and working out regularly, always showing up on time.
this summer, i walked by @theplaygroundla on melrose and saw gorgeous amazons training. damn, i thought, i want be like them: body flowing like a river, setting the floor afire. finally pushed the door, laced up the boots and danced. dance brings me such joy but man, sometimes i’d feel like i wouldn’t belong. offbeat, tripping on the landing, but guess what; I’m having fun and I keep showing up.
as I was reflecting on my recovery on my way to class, a special guest greeted us... legendary choreographer @robinantin, founder of the pussycat dolls. wow, can’t believe she’d be our teacher for the day. started from the hospital bed and now i’m here. i went to thank her after class; “you did great and made me proud”, robin told me. i turned to the sky and sent a message to my one-year-ago self: you’re doing great and making me proud.