In between Downward Dogs my client Bob told me that to celebrate his 70th birthday this autumn he and his wife were going to take a trip around the world.
A trip around the entire world!
I immediately thought of all the places I’d like to see: the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Grand Viaduc du Millau designed by Norman Foster, the South Island of New Zealand, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Petra, Prague and thanks to recent photographs posted by a friend the Ellora Caves in India. Closer to home I’d like to visit the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and the state of Maine and Montana, too…
We moved from Downward Dog to Child’s Pose and I asked Bob where he planned to go. He rattled off a few places: Shanghai, London and Paris. The way he named cities seemed strangely nonchalant. I handed him a bolster and we moved into a supported Fish Pose.
“Aren’t you missing a pretty big chunk of the world?”
Bob laughed and explained,
“It’s not about where we’re going, Mimm, it’s about how we’re getting there.”
My client is a plane geek. Bob will celebrate his 70th birthday by taking a seat in all the aircraft he’s every wanted to fly in, including the new Airbus A380. And he wants to use his Frequent Flyer Miles, too. We laughed and I asked Bob to take a reclining twist. He complained, of course (“You want me to do what?“), and then we laughed again.
The twist was released and we held our knees to our chests. Quiet at last, I thought about what Bob said:
It’s not about where we’re going; it’s about how we’re getting there.
Maybe life is really all about the space between here and there.