From Invincible to Vulnerable

Do you remember when you made the transition from the feeling of youthful invincibility to the first time you felt physically vulnerable?

I do.

I was 40 years old.  Single-parenting my two boys.  Driving out of my doctor’s parking lot. In a stressed-out rush.  When I rear-ended a car that rear-ended me.

I was hurrying to be on time to an event at the school where I worked.  All was well.  At least that’s what I thought.

Three days later, my neck was stiff and sore.  How could this be happening to me?  A classic case of whiplash.  I was young, fit, and invincible.  …or so I thought.

I suffered subsequently for sixteen years with neck pain.  Physical therapy and massages didn’t help.  MRIs diagnosed “age-related arthritis.”  All while, I sat behind a desk at work at a computer, which exacerbated the situation.

In my 50s, plantar fasciitis and carpal tunnel syndrome surfaced.  Finally, I couldn’t stand the chronic discomfort in my neck any longer.  It was time to stop working behind a desk and figure out what to do to live a healthier lifestyle.

I applied to massage therapy school, and in the meantime, happened to take a yoga class when for the first time, I felt pain relief in my neck.  Long story short, I decided to bag the massage and trained as a yoga teacher.  Just before my first teacher-training session, however, I threw out my back so badly, I could hardly walk.  My family encouraged me to rest for two weeks, but the yogis recommended I go for the teacher training.  I went with the yogis.  And by the time the training session was over, my back was fine.  Also, since then, the plantar fasciitis has vanished.  And my neck pain ended.  I finally experienced what “the body has its own natural ability to heal” meant.

What a simple solution this was.  Just do yoga.  (BTW, the style I discovered was Svaroopa® Yoga.)  Although aging has made me aware that I am not invincible, at least I don’t feel so vulnerable any longer.


Yours in aging with class,

P.S.  If anyone is interested in exploring further, please visit, and check out the Teacher Resources to find an instructor near where you live, or my own website at

P.P.S.  I’m curious to hear when/if you made the transition from youthful invincibility to feeling more vulnerable; if this is the case, please share what you did to help the situation.  In what way have you become more pro-active?

P.P.P.S.  More on aging injuries…entering a new phase…later.

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8 Responses to From Invincible to Vulnerable

  1. Kathy says:

    Good job! I love the picture of you and Chico too.

  2. Lia Chasen says:

    People swear by yoga. Very inspiring. Thanks Jane!

  3. Okay, I’m going to go do some yoga now, btw love the photo of you!

  4. Debbie says:

    You exude health and happiness in that photo! Glad you found an answer to your issues!

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