This week past week and for the next three weeks with Cirque Du Soleil's Amaluna in town I've been blessed again the opportunity to train under the featured handbalance performer(and star) of the show Yulya Mihailova. We'll be training off and on until she leaves at the end of the month. Yulya's boyfriend is also a featured handbalancer for Cirque Du Soleil; Andrii Bondarenko. Holding a two-minute handstand for them and then having Andrii take pictures of me in one-arm while Yulya critiqued and adjusted was quite possibly the most proud moment of my journey to date...maybe of my life. My initial critiques were "Shoulder is weak, you need push more. Chest stick out a bit, pull it back in. Everything else is pretty good."
Things are pretty damn good right now. The body hurts, but it's not overwhelming. I'm looking forward to practices. I'm watching videos of other performers on YouTube once again. I've got momentum. One of the hardest things about this journey, and well probably for anybody who's really pushing what is ultimately physically possible in them, is keeping this momentum daily. It's a lot of work...a LOT of work, and damn hard work. It never ends. But it's like any good relationship; You have to always keep your mind on the road and why you initially stepped up in the first place. You gotta KEEP putting that woman first because you made a promise to her and yourself and to god. You gotta keep pushing forward with her, never allowing yourself to be lazy or take her for granted. On the dark days you got to come back to all the good things she's given you, all the good things she is inside. There'll be days where you're angry; exhale all that out and go thank her for having the kindness to love a poor slub like you. Up the notch and surprise her by cleaning the house, buying her roses, cooking dinner. You're a lucky bastard. Don't ever forget all the small things she does for you daily. She'll drive you crazy at times, pull her closer. Keep falling in love over and over...there's still magic, and the grass isn't greener on the other side, that's just a temporary glare from the sun. She is the moon and the stars.