“Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.” ― Jon Krakauer
In the next couple of weeks, I will be packing my bags and heading a little further South. This girl just got a little bit more seduced by the South. I’ve accepted a full time position with Pure Barre Corporate and need to be closer to the headquarters in good ole Sparkle City. Like most things in life there’s pros and cons to just about everything. I’m sad to say “see you later” to all of the amazing teachers and clients at the two studios that I currently spend most of my time at, but am honored and excited for this new opportunity. Friday, April 17th will be my last official day teaching in Birkdale.
They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Well, you also never get a chance to make a last impression. And more often times than not, we don’t know when we are doing something for the last time. The other day while I was teaching I had an “ah ha” moment during one of the “calmer” parts of class. A few thoughts ran through my mind:
1. What if this is the only class of mine that someone in this room ever takes?
2. What if this is the last class of mine that someone in the room takes?
Better try to make it my very best, right?
We always know when it’s someone’s first class, so that didn’t cross my mind. I started to think about this even more as the next couple of days went on. Just as I took my thoughts with me outside of the studio I took the whole idea outside of the realm of Pure Barre.
“I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong.” ― Lemony Snicket
I agree, often times first impressions are entirely wrong, but that doesn’t make them unimportant. More importantly, whether they are right or wrong they are usually quite memorable.
If it was going to be your last time seeing someone, whether it was a stranger, friend or family member, I would assume that you would want to leave that individual with a positive impression. While you might be less concerned with how a stranger remembered you as, it’s quite possible you would still prefer that he or she remembered you in a good way. After all, there are times that our interactions with strangers or acquaintances can have the same kind of impact or even larger impact than friends or family can.
“Seize the day.” “Live everyday like it’s your last.” “In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take.” “Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” We hear sayings like this all the time. While they can seem quite cliche, when it comes down to it they really are true. There are so many things that add craziness to our lives blocking us from focusing on what’s really important. When we least expect it we are thrown a curve ball that snaps us back into reality and allows us to focus on what is actually important. However, that usually only lasts for a short amount of time before we find ourselves back in our routines with all of the hustle and bustle.
So, over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be teaching each class as if it was the last one that a client would ever take from me. I’ll apologize in advance 😉 Since the mindset can easily be transferred into any interaction, I’ll also carry this mindset outside of the studio. If I grab lunch with a friend, return a phone call from a family member or give someone a compliment…I’ll keep in mind it could be the last time that I ever interact with that person.
Better leave them with a good last impression, right?