Sunday, January 16, 2011

First Time Flipping

“Just focus on the jump,” Coco said with determination. I looked at him unsure and I think he could tell I was a little nervous. He gave me a reassuring smile, and asked me what I was focusing on.
“The Jump,” I exclaimed.
“Good,” He said enthusiastically while grabbing the back of my shirt to spot me.
Coco, whose real name is Akram, had been doing flips for more than ten years, and runs a business teaching cheerleading teams how to do stunts and a whole lot more. However, he offered to teach me how to do flips when I told him about my assassin's workout guide. This was my first time ever trying a standing back flip and I was mentally petrified of landing on my neck.

Pain is usually a good deterrent to trying new things. A general rule that many of us follow is: If it hurts, don’t do it. I was ignoring that sage advice. I knew there were risks, but my determination to do back flips like Bruce Lee outweighed my fears… at least while Coco was spotting me. 

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Waterfall Training in Your Shower: The Benefits of Cold Water

It was a week ago today that I began the uncomfortable habit of taking ten-minute cold showers. The first time was literally an eye opening experience. I turned on the shower, but only the frigid water flowed from the showerhead. This was intentional of course, but I really had no idea what I was getting into. Touching the water with my fingertips, a cold shiver ran down my body. I began to think that maybe this wasn’t such a good idea. In this day and age, we obviously had water heaters for a reason, so why was I so insistent on trying this out?

In Japan and other places around the world, those who practice Shinto will travel to an icy cold waterfall and stand underneath it in order to cleanse the spirit. This ritual is known as Misogi. Knowing this, I tried to convince myself that I was a Shinto master and meditating under an ice cold shower was the same as a Japanese waterfall.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

New York City Assassin from the Future!

While on the Subway in New York City I stared at a man who appeared to be from the future. I suppose it’s possible that most everyone looks somewhat out of place in New York City, but his appearance and style were similar to that of Kyle Reese from the Terminator movie. Now some of you may be thinking, “But Kyle Reese wasn't an assassin.” And you know what? Tomato Tom├Ąto. The original Terminator franchise is about someone coming back to assassinate John Connor or someone related to him... So let's not get stuck on minutiae. Anyways, I concluded that my assumption was correct and he was in fact sent to find some unsuspecting future leader who somehow would change the world, maybe for the better.