May 6, 2010

New beginngs, and also an ending.

This is a very special time in my life. This Saturday, I will begin my yoga teacher training program (YTTP), I have been dreaming of being a yoga teacher since I was 16, and have been dreaming of attending this particular program since I moved to the city when I was 18. It will last for 15 weeks, the class is two nights a week, as well as a half day on Saturdays. I don't know if I really believe in destiny, but I have truly felt a calling to teach yoga for a long time, and I feel that I now have the patience and maturity to embark on achieving that goal. I really feel like this is a beginning of a new life for me, one where I am living my dream!

This is also a sad time of goodbyes. I mentioned in my last post that my family is going through a tough time, and in the spirit of being honest, I will explain. My father has had type I (insulin dependant) diabetes his whole life. When I was 17, his kidneys failed, and he has been on dialysis ever since. He has had a multitude of health problems due to his disease, and last Friday, they finally took their toll. He is dying, and while this is not a surprise to us, it is, of course very difficult to go through, especially for my mom. If you wouldn't mind keeping us in your thoughts and prayers, it would be greatly appreciated. All we ask for is that his passing is relatively painless.

So often in my life, big transitions are bittersweet like this, one wonderful thing happening simultaneously with something that is sad. It is a constant reminder that life will never be perfect, but we have to focus on and appreciate the good times, and to support and be supported by our loved ones through the bad times.

6 comments:

Ashley said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your father. Good luck with your teaching certification. I'll keep your family in my prayers.

Ali said...

I'm really sorry to hear about your Dad, Jessi. You have an incredible circle of loved ones to support eachother...stay strong.

Also, bravo to pursuing your dream! To quote Henry James, "It's time to start living the life you've imagined." Good luck <3

Liam O'Malley said...

So sorry to hear about your father, Jessi. I wish you and your family nothing but the best in getting through this trying time.

I've noticed that common thread of the happy/sad in big transitional periods of my life as well. Best of luck with the start of your new program tomorrow, I have no doubt that the increased yoga time and training will help you find the balance you need to carry you through.

Amy and Jeff said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your father, Jessi. We will be keeping you and your family in our thoughts. If you guys need anything at all-never hesitate to ask us for anything!

Kayla said...

Sorry about all the family stuff; but getting the things you want in your life will help you push through it.

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Jessi B. said...

Thank you so much for all the love and support everyone. It means the world to me. My dad passed away yesterday morning, he went in his sleep, and was not in pain. It's everything we could have asked for in this kind of situation. I will write about the YTTP I started today, on monday, but for now...rest.