I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but I am a licensed Zumba Instructor. I teach at a well-known gym, and enjoy dancing around while getting in a great workout. There’s nothing like feeling the music pulse while you move to the music, and seeing the smiles on my students’ faces make the cares of the day melt away. So, teaching is another one of my escapes from “real life”; that is until my escape offers up some problems. A few weeks ago, I went to my class, excited to get started and teach some new choreography I had created. It seemed everything was going just fine until I went to log into the computer that, of course, had most of my music on it. For some reason, the computer froze and would not load no matter what I did. I had a whole lot of people staring at me waiting to get started, and after sending someone to get help, I was stuck like a deer in headlights trying to figure out what to do. Finally, I pulled out my phone and started playing one of my playlists from my phone. I had forgotten my portable speaker, so it was literally as loud as my phone could go, but we started working out. In the midst of giving my class directions, I was working on the computer (because of course my “help” had not arrived). Finally, I just unplugged the entire system and got it loading again. That is when my help showed up, but by then, I had gotten the system up and moving. In my head I had been sweating bullets, but on the outside, I was calm and collected because I could not let the class see me sweat.
Life is like this sometimes. We expect things to be working perfectly, so we stroll through life thinking that things will be just how they are supposed to be. Then, we hit a speed bump, and we can choose to stress out, or figure out a solution. This could be uncomfortable, especially if other’s are watching. It could be stressful, because maybe you don’t know just what to do. Those are the times when you pull on your inner reserve, and decide to make things happen in spite of the issue. No, my solution was not the best. I mean, who does not like the music bumping when you are trying to get through a grueling workout?!?! But, it was better than me standing still and letting life happen, thus taking my class down that frustrating road with me. So, when all else fails, keep moving. Find a way or make a way.
Admittedly, while trying to get things together, a couple of people left because they did not want to wait until things worked out. Yeah, that happens in life too. But, the ones who stayed around had the best time, and made the hiccup inconsequential. They encouraged me. I encourage you. Pay it forward.