Putting it in Reverse
Downward facing dog plus excerpts from the Citroën owners’ manual.
I’m not one to read instructions. Round peg + round hole? Let’s just go for it and see what happens. Usually my intuition serves me well, but sometimes catastrophe does strike and I end up breaking out the ‘ol user manual.
That was the case last week in Lisbon where I found myself parked in a tight spot without the ability to reverse.
I thought it would be easy because the friendly folks over at Citroën put a literal map on the gear stick. Up and to the left, right!?
After a bunch of Google searches and a few YouTube videos, I came across this excellent graphic:
Turns out this gear stick operates in 3D and by UP they mean you gotta pull the whole thing up. Ooof. Thank you internet for bailing me out.
Manual transmission issues aside, last week was one of the most beautiful and restorative weeks in recent memory.
I was on a yoga retreat with my sister and ~20 other humans from Sky Ting’s NYC studio.
We practiced twice a day for two hours and explored the coast in between.
I got to eat fresh tomatoes from this garden every day!
And one day we all climbed aboard this floating water thingy and drifted off into the Atlantic.
It felt so good to reduce my hyper-structured todo lists into a single list of bare essentials. At last, just three attainable items.
Maybe it was the yoga. Maybe it was the delicious food. Maybe it was the great company.
Maybe it was… this group chat name!?
Maybe it was being peer pressured into performing “The First Cut is The Deepest” in front of everyone one evening.
Maybe it was all of the above.
But something definitely clicked and I left feeling ready to disco in a big way.
Today’s reminder is to just start driving. You’ll learn how to reverse if you need to.