I spent most of the week upside down.
No, I’m not referring to some severely disturbed emotional state, although that probably also applies, I mean physically bottoms up.
This entailed bending over and looking through my legs, in-between school runs, checking Facebook and dusting the skirting boards. You’d be relieved to know I only assumed this position in my own home with the blinds drawn. (So far, anyway)
Why, you may well ask. Have I gone mad? Did I forget to take my tablets? Have I put my back out?
Nope. The answer is simple: I needed a fresh perspective – new horizons, a different way of looking at things.
Inverted tea pot
I also tried balancing on my head in the inverted teapot or whatever that yoga stand is called – as that’s meant to let the blood rush to your head infusing your brain with fresh ideas. I quickly realised a flurry of new ideas would not be of much use if I broke my neck.
Actually, what inspired me to imitate a supersized bat was an instruction from the lecturer on my creative writing course: Describe an upside down scene in 500 words.
How hard can it be, you’d think. Well, it’s damn hard, nigh impossible. I felt like a dried out prune with every last bit of creative juice squeezed out of me. I didn’t know where to start. My rational brain refused to flip my world, probably rightly thinking that things were hard enough the right way up. So, I took to drastic measures, physically inverting myself in search of creativity.
Creative writing course
“Let’s get this straight,” my husband had said when I first informed him that I was finally going to do the creative writing course I’d always wanted to do but never got round to.
“You’re going to spend a fortune on a course that has no guarantee of ever bringing in any money.”
The voice of reason, the rational, responsible one… my lord and master.
Needless to say – I ignored him.
And at first it went really well. I loved being out in London, thrived on discussions about characterisation and finding your voice over free coffee and biscuits.
Until I had to actually write something…
And read it out to the class.
The bunch of sweet and innocent looking young people – apart from one other fellow journalist and jaded soul – turned into a pack of bloodthirsty wolves, setting upon my carefully crafted words with sharpened teeth and drawn-out nails, tearing my work apart sentence by sentence, chewing and spitting, shredding my hopes of ever being on the bestseller list.
That was a week ago. Meanwhile, I’ve band-aided my ego with yoga sessions, lots of chocolate and pep talks from girl friends, who relate to the crossroads faced by a 43-year-old mother trying to find her way back to herself.
I have also purposefully avoided the kind of people – men and women – who will sell their souls as long as they got a good price for it. The kind of people who measure self-fulfillment by the number of zeros on their pay cheque or John Lewis labels in their living room.
Needless to say, I didn’t mention my little setback to my husband – and I didn’t think he’d take too kindly to me spending half the day upside down (unless of course there was money in it)
So what have I learned from spending time with my bum in the air? And more importantly what can you learn from this – as apparently the whole point of blogging is to “give” people something.
Why YOU should spend time upside down:
Herewith my insights – for what they’re worth:
- It’s never too late to pursue your dreams
- It may not be easy at first – but persevere
- Don’t feel guilty about going for something you want – you deserve it
- Surround yourself with positive, nurturing friends
- Avoid people who make you feel bad
- Spend some time upside down – it really does give you a fresh perspective and if nothing else, you’ll be inspired to clean the skirting boards.
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