Before I started law school, I knew a lawyer who decided to move to the East Coast. Scott was a senior associate at a firm in California. Moving would require another bar exam, a new job, upheaval for his family.
Scott was a sports fan and quoted legendary coaches. Regarding his move, he cited Bill Walsh, influential head coach of the San Francisco 49ers in the 1980s:
The most difficult thing a person has to do with his life is decide when it’s time to move on.
Walsh apparently made this comment when he left the 49ers after winning his third Super Bowl.
For some reason, his words stuck in my mind. Moving on is difficult, especially when the decision is yours.
I wrote Yoga Spy from 2009 to 2019. During this decade, my blog grew—in style, in content, in audience. It became part of my identity.
I wasn’t a prolific blogger. The only time I posted frequently was during my 2014 India trip. I lived alone for a month and my solitude offered time and freedom to write.
In the past two years, I stopped blogging altogether. Why? Work, other priorities, life’s ups and downs, procrastination. Manifold reasons, including this beautiful beast who took over my life three years ago.
My blog had also morphed over time and felt fragmented, a mash-up of ten years of ideas. By the late 2010s yoga teaching had become my primary career, and my blogging objectives had changed. Should blogs go on indefinitely? Maybe they should have a beginning and an end.
Ending a blog is trivial compared to leaving a longtime home or quitting a successful job. Nevertheless I waffled and never officially ended Yoga Spy. Until now I wasn’t ready to move on.
This is my final post, but Yoga Spy will remain online for old times’ sake. Find me at my website/blog, luciyamamoto.com.
What about you? Are you holding onto a never-ending project, a broken relationship, or an old identity? Maybe, just maybe, is it time to move on?
Update: Due to confusion between my old and new blogs, I’ve decided to blog as Yoga Spy again. All posts written for luciyamamoto.com are now located here.
Images: Stella, June 2018, Tracy Jean Wong; Many Stories, May 2020, Luci Yamamoto.