I used to dream about one day being at Wimbledon. I could taste the strawberries and cream. I could see myself curtseying there at center court. And I didn’t make it there, obviously, as a tennis player, but let me tell you even though I had a mic in my hand instead of a tennis racket for ESPN when I went to cover it for the first time; to me it was like ‘check! Wimbledon.’ You have to be creative in reaching your goals and I think that’s what really helped me so much in my life both professionally and personally. Just not being too rigid. Having goals and setting goals, but being flexible with them and knowing that it might not quite look like how I think it’s going to look and that’s okay.
Somebody asked me the other day why it was important to be flexible. I reeled off a few of the physical reasons, which is I think what they were asking for (on the surface at least) but then the other night I came across this quote by Robin Roberts, courtesy of Joanna Goddard at Cup of Jo (it was part of this post – which I loved).
Because it’s not just the body that we’re training in a physical asana practice – it’s the mind, too. And flexibility doesn’t just look like touching your toes, and doesn’t ever have to.