After three years of health problems I was able to resume yoga again. The teacher is amazing and the ability to do a modified downward facing dog has filled me with joy. All those Yogis out there will understand. Namaste.
I was invited to lunch for the teacher after practice. Grateful to be breaking in to Florida society I attended. I watched everything I said and had a delightful time. Ordered the wrong dish but even though it tasted poorly told everyone it was “DELICIOUS!” While there I was invited to cards the following week at the senior center. Life was picking up.
Arriving at the senior center the following week I felt momentary terror. Once again, I would have to give my name, where I was from and a short bio on what ailment caused me to retire so young. For those unaware of senior life and having the good fortune of still working this is similar to the thirty second elevator speech used to capture an employer’s interest in an effort to acquire a job.
Inevitably once my speech is begun and I reveal I am a nurse my oration ends in 5 seconds and the other party begins to bemoan every health problem since birth. Since I am a nurse and trained in empathetic techniques I listen and wonder why am I doing this as a freebie to acquire friends. Hence, I’ve pondered using different occupations perhaps Walmart greeter or tree surgeon?
Upon completion of this portion of the event we begin to discuss how to play cards with the extra person, that being “me.” As this discussion proceeds I think, “Hello I am in the room,” but remain silent. Decision completed, the ladies becomes tolerant of me in a friendly way and I concentrate on losing in an effort to avoid insulting anyone.
As I discuss my attempt at a clutter clearing business I am told how could I clear clutter when I splay my cards as I do. Then there are other little comments and I realize I need to check my conversation style and listen rather than reveal.
Upon departure from the event I decide my tenure as a card player has ended however I will continue to enjoy my modified downward facing dog and seek another venue for my early retirement. I’m considering religious education. I hope God will be watching and perhaps laughing. 😊