Time to redeem myself?

1 Aug

In high school, I was that moody chick dressed in black or vintage thrift-store clothes and wouldn’t be caught dead in a cheerleaders outfit. I was anything but perky back then and had quite a feminist streak. I had to change my attitude slightly when my good friend Marlise who was not the cheer type, joined the squad and loaned those girls some integrity. Marlise was the smartest, most together person I knew in high school and she was a little bit nerdy around the edges – in a good way. She rocked on the cheer squad. She also taught me one of my first lessons about doing your own thing and not defining yourself. Still, the little devil in me just couldn’t handle those caddy, perky girls and I have to confess that when I took photos for the yearbook, I laid down on the gym floor and shot up, adding ten pounds and an unflattering view of those cheer-spankies and whatever was under that tacky skirt. And now, here’s my sincere and official apology:

“I am so sorry cheer-girls for intentionally immortalizing you in less-than-ideal light. When you look at your yearbook and cringe at your thighs… just know that it’s an optical illusion created by my wide angle lense and a bad angle. My sincerest apologies for using my high school photo expertise for evil. Will you please forgive me, come to my yoga class, and I promise to take care of you? I will even add a “woo-hoo” to class just for you if you like.”

Something tells me though, just as I’ve outgrown my evil ways, you may have outgrown your need for rhyming phrases, random shout outs and overhead kicks.

Not me though! In fact, over the years I’ve come to realize that I could have been a fabulous cheerleader. My dormant high school talents really went to waste. Well, I’ve outgrown my shyness, I’m very supportive, might even act frivolous and dare I say it? – I could even be a little bit perky if coerced. Just ask my kids. I don’t even want to tell you how fabulous my split kicks are after years of yoga and repressed cheer-leading talent.

And then – I saw this, but my tech-challenged mind can’t figure out how to post it large enough to view!:

The Shamanic Cheerleaders are the pep squad for the Divine in everyone.

The Shamanic Cheerleaders are the pep squad for the Divine in everyone. go team!

The Shamanic Cheerleaders! GET OUT! It’s the perfect way for me to redeem myself. Cheering for a good cause. My favorite is the “Be Here Now” cheer and the hilarious manifesto. Click on the photo, go to the website and check out the girls bios. The girls: Satori, Crescendo, Shakti-khan, Rapture, Divine, Flow, and After Chakra, are full of talent and the unexpected. Now that’s what I call a cheerleader! I’m planning to leave my 3-kids and run off to the city to join the squad. But, I have one big problem. I just can’t decide what my what my Shamanic Cheerleader name should be. Any help out there?

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6 Responses to “Time to redeem myself?”

  1. Kelly August 6, 2008 at 3:57 am #

    Laurie,

    I always love stopping in on your blog. I hope to see you soon at ‘the dog’

    Kelly

  2. silvershdws August 12, 2008 at 4:59 am #

    You are too funny. 🙂

    <3Katie

  3. yogi August 15, 2008 at 4:16 am #

    star flower

  4. Afterchakra September 17, 2008 at 8:09 am #

    Namast-yay for you!
    Your name will come to you. Sometimes I find my inspiration for witty cheers and names through 70’s soul music and new age banter.
    Did you know that we offer Shamanic Cheerleader workshops?

    Be cheer now!

    Afterchakra, here to rock ya

  5. Freedom Rising (F.K.A. Flow) September 17, 2008 at 8:21 am #

    Satori and I were just working on some SC team biz, and she somehow came across your blog. I loved reading that our intention with the SC is indeed coming across. Rock on you Shamanic Sistah’!

    ~Freedom Rising (aka Miss Rosie)

  6. barefootbhakti September 17, 2008 at 10:13 am #

    Afterchakra and Freedom Rising! Wow. I’m so honored to have you visit my humble little blog. You have no idea how hard it was for me not to catch you guys at Yoga Flow this summer – my kids were not keen on my plan to run away from home, even just for a day!

    I’m going to work on my cheers so I can catch you guys soon….. rock on and on and on.

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