One of my favorite parts of this interview with photographer Isabelle Wenzel was the realization that, as a young girl, she’d trained to be a professional acrobat. Even more surprising, of course, were the incredible bits of life wisdom she found nestled into her practice. And although she shared some amazing insights, one in particular stood out to me:
Isabelle writes, “What fascinates me about acrobatics is that you start thinking in a different way. You’re not only thinking with your head – your body also remembers things. You can reach a mental state [through acrobatics] that you would never reach if you were just sitting on a chair. Movement is simply another level of thinking. Actually, when you perform super-complicated acrobatic movements, it’s dangerous to think. Usually it’s when you think that it goes wrong.”
And there’s so much truth there, I think.* There’s something to be said about the flow of life – the routine and the mundane and the ease of familiarity – that, sometimes, we over-think. What would life be like if we moved to X? What would have been had I chosen Y? Why did I say Z?
The mind is a powerful tool. And today, I’m learning that, sometimes, it’s OK to put it on the shelf for a bit, hanging between the hammer of schedules and power saw of theory and – instead – move around a bit, pressing forward to another day.
Image Credits: Isabelle Wenzel
*There I go thinking again, ha!