Some decisions are so worth it. Back in October, my friend Helen Troncoso asked me if I wanted to participate in an American Cancer Society event and an attempt to be in the Guiness Book of World Records for "largest indoor Zumba class" in Brooklyn. At the time, I thought, "hey Brooklyn is out-of-the-way for me but what the heck, yes." After speaking with the organizer of the event, Joe Gillette, I got the idea that this was a good group of people trying to make a difference and an impact. Well, now I know that it wasn't a good group but a MOB of good people committed to more birthdays. The Relay for Life Committee for Bergen Beach, Mill Basin & Marine Park are rock stars. Go big or go home should be their motto. They planned an amazing event that I was lucky to be a part of. Check out this link for more information on how they made it happen.
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I've been teaching Zumba since 2009 and this was the most exciting and exhilarating event I have ever been a part of. The moment I pulled up to the Aviator Complex, I was intimidated and excited at the same time. It's a huge space with a lot going on. The event started at 2pm. I arrived at 1pm and the house was already packed with eager participants. People who have lost loved ones to cancer, are survivors, or just want to help. Their energy was powerful the moment I walked in. As I met the other instructors who were going to lead the class, Phyllis, Gerri, Vanessa, and Wilson, I noticed they were just as pumped as I.
This was REAL! In a total of 20 seconds we became friends and two hours later we were best friends: hugging, holding hands, and eager for another opportunity to reconnect. I can't even explain how that happened. The phenomenon of it all. How one event can change your perspective. And to think, I almost thought of bailing. I felt so sick in the morning! I've been fighting this cold FOREVER and the thought of jumping in front of a crowd and shaking what my momma gave me felt daunting.
Don't worry guys, Dayquil and adrenaline changed it all. I was up first! When I first emailed the crew and told them I was down to do the warm-up, I didn't envision 400 people staring at me. Although I'm extroverted, my first response is always complete shyness. So I took my glasses off. It's my tactic. I see very blurry without them so its more like a blob of people versus a mob of people. THEN THE MUSIC CAME ON!!!!
And my inner Sasha Fierce shined. I really should name her because she isn't me. She's somebody else. She's a whip my hair, shake my butt, move a crowd, dance like no one is watching kind of girl..... not the behind the scenes, avoid eye contact person that is me. Ahh, I am so happy to have been part of it. Cheers! To have danced and laughed with people I never met before. To have made new friends. To more birthdays! I followed the Zumba Daddy oath:
"Today I will hang out with my best friends and my family, I will meet new people and make new friends, I will dance badly to good music in a sincere effort to exercise, I will set a new world record, and help create a world with more birthdays. I am the Zumba Daddy and this is Zumba for Life!"
And next time, so should you!