Member of the Week: Andrew Wait

1. What is your full name? 

Andrew Dayton Wait

2. What was your favorite activity as a child? 

Building fussy, highly detailed model airplanes…I was a bit anxious and this was probably a very calming thing for me, plus my grandfather was a WWI fighter pilot… so my imagination was fully on.

3. What job did you have in high school? 

Mostly dirty jobs. Whether moping tar on roofs, insulating basements, digging post holes, jack-hammering concrete decks or changing the oil on hot dirty trucks.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory? 

It was a recurring dream I would have as a teenager, about finding myself, inexplicably, naked in public and not knowing why or what to do about it.  It makes my real life embarrassing moments seem pretty mild.

5. What is the best vacation you have ever taken? 

A family vacation to Turkey… breathtaking combination of history, landscape, culture, food and the kindness and generosity we experienced, especially our children.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?  

My dog, the kind of ridiculous nature of being a middle aged man, my son’s first time shaving, my daughter’s stories, my mom’s need to clean our house.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?  

That I appear to be more of an asset than a liability to my children… of whom I am intensely proud.  That I am still, completely head over heels in love with my wife Pere. Various challenges that involved real suffering, like a 200 mile bike race from Logan Utah to Jackson Hole Wyoming. That at age 57, I have become a decent racing driver and aerobatic pilot.

8. What advice would you give to your younger self?  

None at all…I am so grateful for the life I have, I would not want anyone messing with my younger self, especially not me.  

If the life I have is the destiny I experienced,  and that was shaped as much by tragedy and by triumph, by small mindedness as by enlightenment, it has turned out to be a better life than I ever imagined I would have.  Advice tends to be hindsight about avoiding suffering, or being more successful in work, or with the opposite gender. A higher functioning, less traumatized version of me, would not be where I am as a man, husband and father.

9. What would you like people to remember about you? 

That I worked hard at being a good dad, a good husband, a good son, and a good friend.  And that I finally learned to endure difficulty with grace and enjoy my triumphs with humility… and most of all, that I was grateful.  

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga? 

Because of the leadership and wisdom of teachers that are passionate, authentic and wise. Without Marin Power Yoga, my body would fall apart and my heart would be less full.

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