From Sea Level column: Vail Daily intern learning “Vail time”
On Tuesday morning, July 11, I found myself barefoot in mud, kneeling on a hillside trying to lay out a yoga mat. I was also pretty much wrestling with a very small goat who was doing his best to eat my braid. My shoes, shirt and cheek were also nibbled on.
I was there with Tricia Swenson, who was doing a Vail Today video about goat yoga available at Vail Stables. Tricia, of course, was making friends — even the goats wanted to snuggle with her, while they wanted to jump on my back in the middle of downward dog.
The point of the goats is to get people out of their heads and be a little goofy, which helps not only with yoga (which can get a little klutzy), but also life. The class was giggling and playing with goats a majority of the time we were supposed to be doing yoga.
While at goat yoga, I was able to stop worrying about my schedule for the day. I had an interview for an article set up almost immediately after class, and the timing of it automatically made me nervous. I’ve been known to show up for classes (and parties) a half hour early, so 20 minutes of wiggle room between the end of class and the interview was nerve-wracking.
LEARNING TO RELAX
But that doesn’t seem to be the norm around here. People seem to operate on “Vail time” — someone told me — and aren’t big on rushing. There’s no franticness when it comes to getting places here, so things might be early or they might be a little late.
The only time I’ve ever felt rushed by someone else was on a hike with a small, very active dog. And even then, she was perfectly content to relax at the top of our climb. And she almost took a nap the moment we got in the car.
The lack of agitation about getting places is great — unless, of course, you’re the one waiting. I’m learning to relax and that a few extra minutes of talking to someone at an event won’t throw off everyone’s schedules.
More to life
But working at the paper also makes it clear that deadlines are important. And when it comes to work, people are impressively prompt. The interview after goat yoga came at exactly 11:40 a.m. — right on time.
People recognize that work has to be prioritized, but there’s also the acknowledgment that there’s more to life — much more.
The Vail Daily’s work schedule is entertaining to figure out — our copy desk has a pretty regular schedule, but for the most part, I see our editorial team drifting in and out at varying times of the day.
For the most part, I’m learning to recognize that it’s OK to acknowledge when something is out of my control timewise — being five minutes late to a lunch date because traffic was crazy isn’t the end of the world.
But I also know that leaving five minutes early to have some time for an interview — or to wrestle with a goat — can be a good idea.
Lindsay Bribiescas is interning at the Vail Daily this summer. She attended UCLA for one year and calls Santa Rosa, California, home. After the summer, she’ll head to St. Andrews in Scotland to finish her college degree. Contact her at email@example.com.
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