The little kid in me is happy. Very, very happy. It’s pretty often happy. As long as it is allowed to play, it’s happy and lately it’s playing a lot: doing AcroYoga.
Yesterday was just another day in Paradise. Although Paradise was no longer Central America, but this time Amsterdam. But there was a little bit of Central America in Amsterdam: Ryland. She is one of the most amazing, lovely, energetic, positive and inspiring people I have ever met. Travelling around the world, rock climbing everywhere, doing handstands on everything she can do handstands on and taking some time between school and her next studies.
We became friends in Nicaragua, where I was working at a (kind of) NGO and Spanish school in one and she came to study Spanish. I was teaching yoga, she took a class, we did some AcroYoga after class and from that moment on we did AcroYoga everyday. As soon as I was finished with work and she had finished her classes and voluntary work we were flying. She had never done any AcroYoga, just come yoga and she used to be a gymnast, but it was incredible how quickly she picked up everything I knew thanks to her amazing body control and determination. From from there on we just tried out a lot of new moves and washing machines (AcroYoga-talk for continuous movement), fell down, got up again, laughed and did more and more.
After I left the NGO, we met up again in Granada to do AcroYoga, met up again on Ometope Island to do AcroYoga again and this time we met up in Amsterdam, where she was for a few days with her mum. As soon as we saw each other we started flying, playing, trying and we kept going until she had to go and catch her plane to Geneva. After that she will go and climb in Norway and head back to the United States to study, so we won’t see each other for a while, but I’m sure when we do, we will fly again, making the little kid in me, the little kid in us happy. Because that’s what AcroYoga is for me. Playing, being a kid again. Sharing, having fun. It is not for nothing that all my YouTube-videos end with a quote of George Bernard Shaw: We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old, because we stop playing.