Many people are terrified of getting old. They want to live forever but stay forever young . Young at heart is achievable. Young in body, not so. A proven way to befriend the ageing process is to become aware of the way you look at old people. If you don't like what you see or what they do, bring it back to yourself and think that if you are lucky, you'll get to be in their shoes one day. If you can't entertain this thought, just know you are missing on a very important chunk of human existence. I highly recommend it !
She looked me in the eye and said shyly: " I can't do it". I said, "I understand. It's very new and very challenging, and can even feel very scary". She looked at her mum triumphantly; a look that said "you see???????". We took a synchronised spontaneous deep breath together, looking at each other. I said, "shall we try to find another way to do it?"... She hesitated and I went on, "but I will need your help". She looked amused and curious. ( I needed HER help?).... "I will need your help to find another way which will be easier. Do you think you could be my team? We could then help other children, by sharing your way with them". That was it .She was in. It didn't take long, and she only wanted to repeat it over and over again. She found a way. HER way.
It took almost 3 years of pandemic to resume my travels. Three weeks after my big trip to Poland, Spain and Israel ( "Around the world in 80 days"....) i'm back in New Zealand. I've started my love affair with NZ 28 years ago, when i was first invited to teach in Wellington 2 years after our arrival in Australia.
Since then i've traveled regularly, a few times a year, for workshops, teacher training, master classes, Suzuki camps and conferences. The Suzuki NZ people have become a part of my tribe. So good to be back.