Endings and Beginnings

Tomorrow marks several endings in my life, and simultaneously several beginnings.

It is, most obviously, the last day of April. April is always a very busy time in the life of an academic and seeing it come to an end is both a relief and a terror. It means that the flood of dinners, lunches, receptions, speeches, etc. will slow. But, it also means that May is arriving. Thus, commencement is just around the corner (my speech isn’t done), grades will soon need to be logged (haven’t started those papers yet), exams are next week (bahaha) and it’s time to start planning for AY12. On the other hand, family vacation is at the end of May, and Mother’s Day usually involves bagels and chocolate (not together), so that’s cool.

A second ending is the month-long blogging celebration known as YIOM.  For YIOM,  a group of intrepid bloggers committed to writing 3-7 yoga posts per week for one month.  I tried for one every day, but that didn’t always work out (I missed the 21st and the 26th).  It’s been a great experience reading and writing for YIOM and I could say that I’m sad that April is over and thus it is done.  BUT, we’ve turned YIOM (yogis inspiring oneness month) into YIOM (yoga inspired online movement) Network and now we’re rolling right into May and beyond with it.  So, that is the end of one blog project while beginning a whole new adventure.

Finally, tomorrow is my final exam in my 200-hour yoga teacher training program.  Assuming that I pass (please, let’s assume that for now), I’ll be finished with a training that stretched from the beginning of October to the end of April.  It was exhilarating, difficult, fun, heavy, mind-expanding, community creating, humbling, and confidence building.  I’ve grown used to being with my training peeps every week and I’ll miss that time together.  But… this means the start of my time as a real-live-certified yoga instructor.  I don’t know how that will unfold, but I’m looking forward to seeing it happen.

So go the samsaras of everyday life.  As stated by Semisonic, and maybe Seneca, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
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