Transitions: long live retirement!
On return, and quite unexpectedly, theatre work began pulling me back to performing – at the Young Vic, the National Theatre and the John Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End. (I was a classical ballet dancer when I was young, with a ten-year career, before my body gave up on me!)
The joys of easing down, no commuting, relinquishing professional responsibilities and being so routinely structured were exquisite to experience.
Being fundamentally a sensualist, I didn’t want to forgo the pleasure of these sensations. Balancing this with always having and needing to earn a living was part of the adjustment I was eventually willing to make.
But it was clear enough to me that acupuncture was very much a part of me – in my daily management, self-regulating, observations, reflections, thought processes, enrichment, nourishment, perhaps even lifeblood.