Hmm. The competetive element of crew. I don't know if I'm really excited about that. I'm much more interested in getting my position correct and moving effectively and seamlessly with others. I actually think that the article katyha posted on "what makes women happy" (absolutely fantastic, I'll try to write more about it later, but obviously not so late as now) gets what I want out of crew perfectly: flow, the "complete absorption in a task so that there's no awareness of passing time." It goes on to say, "High-flow activities (which might include playing an instrument, gardening, singing in a choir, or writing) are distinguished by being difficult enough to prevent boredom, but not so impossible as to make you want to give up." This is what I love about Pilates and it's what I think I'll like about crew, and when I was feeling worn out today at work it was the hope of getting lost in flow (rather than getting crunched in the meat grinder at the office) that I was looking forward to.
By the way, I know that flow makes me happy. I also think that people's ability to get ridiculously absorbed in their own problems is a lot of what makes them miserable. Mental illness is, I think, a bit of the luxury of our times; people who are absorbed in trying to feed themselves have less time for depression. Anyway, though this is all a bit flip for the many very down people I know, I do seriously advise concentrated exercise, INTERESTING exercise, as a way to help break the bad chatter in your head. Maybe you won't agree with Lesley Garner's statement that "the key to happiness was to take up Scottish dancing," but if you read that article you may find contra dancing sounds like a very good way for you to pass the time.