Awkward Strength

It is by design that we strive to be our best and through that desire we reach for the stars. Some people speak of humble beginnings and my friends in Kibera are a testament of the strength of spirit.

It is also by design that we strive to do so efficiently but in doing so we tend to carve the comfortable paths deeply and the ones that teach us further less and less as time goes on.

This is one of the reasons we learn so fast as children and have to invest in force of will to do the same as adults.

Emotion is a key component in balancing the equation.

We start up not caring how we look like and how the process of playing evolves into knowledge and ability. Social and ego structures harden the walls of our minds from a learning genius into a cog in the machine.

Releasing the harmful parts of social conditioning can happen fast and loose.

Begin by paying attention to the frustration and pain that resides within our inner world. That is the most common prison on earth.

Continue to add play and long term freedom goals into your daily practice be it by counting the cats between one train station to another (awareness) or learning a new skill by trial and error, play and exploration (intuition)


  1. Find a simple task such as brewing tea for the family and time it so each motion it started with a breath and find ways to cut the number of breaths needed.
  2. Combine the serious and the fun – Learn to juggle metal balls (The first time you bang your fingers hurts the most, I know)
  3. Find something you know and try to unlearn it. For example. Find a complete other way to tie your shoes, A different way to think of money and investment (financial farming) and a new way to strike that does not strike back.
  4. Change something simple in a repetitive movement. Walk on the sides of the soles, do push ups on the backs of the palms, do pull ups where you start from the top and only come down and return up.

The key is inside you. Unleash your potential.

Dedicated to my friends in Kibera

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Sharon Friedman

Student and teacher of movement and Martial art. Husband and Father. I can rebuild you, I have the technology :)

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