'Most of us only have one story to tell.'
Everybody is reading The Only Story by Julian Barnes, and so am I. If you are not everybody: The story is about young pretentious Paul, who at the age of 19 is home from university for the holidays and he is urged by his mother to join the tennis club. His mother hopes he'll meet a sweet girl there. At a tournament he is partnered with Mrs. Susan Macleod, a married mother of two nearly grown-up daughters, who's in her forties. Soon Paul and Susan start an affair.
This affair isn't just a summer fling, it lasts and lasts until they ran off to London and start living together.
'The only story is a love story — and it’s inevitably sad'
They start living together as lovers in the fantastic city of London, Paul studies and starts a career as a lawyer, Susan keeps house and spends her time just being happy and taking care of Paul, so they have this simple yet fabulous life even if she is more than twice his age. They show the world that true love is really possible and that it has nothing to do with age. The end.
Of course not.
That is not a story, although I would like it that way.
When they are living in London, Susan starts drinking far more than she should and she develops into a real hardcore alcoholic. This to the point that she has to be hospitalized. Paul stops taking care of her and continuous his life without her (and with other women), but his love Paul has for Susan doesn't automatically stop.
'Everyone has their love story.'
Look around you. They too have their love story to look back on. They too: your parents, your grandparents, the bored looking couple next to you, your friends who are just going through the most ugly divorce and yes, even you and your partner. Look back and remember your story. Where did it start, what happened, where is it now? And of course, as a Yogi, I want to look back at my yoga story. And at yours. Because speaking for myself: I have more than one love story. I may have six (woops). But I do have only one yoga story.
What about you? When did your yoga story start? What happened along the way? Where are you now?