I walk a lot and am rarely without my iPod. This week I’ve been on a bit of a Madonna binge as I walk around. I know Madonna is kind of naff and boring these days, but I’m old enough to have first loved her when I was 11 and she was singing ‘Like a Virgin‘ and ‘Into the Groove’ – so I still have a soft spot for her. (My friend Sarah wrote a wonderful comic strip about Madonna and ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ here.)
Anyway, my favourite Madonna song this week is ‘Jump‘ from ‘Confessions on a Dance Floor’. The beat is perfect for fast walking, and the (very cheesy!) lyrics are like a pep-talk from an older sister.
‘Are you ready to jump? Get ready to jump. Don’t ever look back now, baby.’
I’m learning to be a yoga teacher (a size 16/18, can’t do full-lotus, teach from the heart yoga teacher!) and I am pretty terrified of taking that step of teaching my first classes. I keep delaying it, throwing obstacles in the way. Now I’ve secured a spot on the Zing timetable on Monday nights, starting next year…so my teaching debut is mere months away.
I said to my teacher, Nat, in class the other day – “that gap between your mat and mine looks pretty small, but it feels like a canyon.”
So, while I’m schlepping home from work, or striding to yoga with my iPod on – I’m listening to this tacky pop song on high rotate – the chorus has become my mantra around making that step from yoga student to yoga teacher.
I particularly love this lyric: ‘There’s only so much you can learn in one place / the longer you wait / the more time you waste.’
Exactly, Madonna, thank you.
What exactly am I waiting for? Perfection? Not gonna happen. For it to be easy? That’s not gonna happen either – first times are always hard. That’s why the song is resonating, I think. It feels like a ‘jump’ because it is.
Do you have a cheesy pop power song?