During Zumba class today I was looking around at all of the people that have been doing Zumba with me for quite awhile. Some since I began 3 1/2 years ago. I see them on a pretty regular basis and have grown to love each one. This includes those who were not present at this particular class.
We were having fun and sweating when it occurred to me just how good and how far they had come. I wish that I had a video of them when they first began coming to class. I see them move more in unison and with emotion and agility. I don't even think that they know how much better they are. I am so proud of all of them!
I have an age range of mid 70's down to 20's. I like to say that this is the fountain of youth! Moving and exercise and eating a well-balanced diet is the fountain of youth and I am seeing it first hand.
As the class progressed I was reminded of the quote I used in my e-mail this week "It doesn't get easier, you just get better". This is very powerful and true. While my dance fitness songs and routines change, it doesn't get harder per se. They have just gotten better, and in turn it starts to feel easier.
Some people are paralyzed with the fear that they won't be good at something so they don't even try. Maybe they have failed before, and think they will fail again. The only way you can fail at something is to give up. What is wrong with starting over every day? Doing the best you can do with what you have is success.
When we are born, it is not an easy journey into the world. From then on we are struggling to move and learn. As we practice, we get better. Rolling, then crawling, then walking etc... None of it was easy as we started out, but we didn't give up and it got easier.
There is a gal in the Zumba Fitness organization who has no legs. She does Zumba from her wheelchair. She moves and grooves with everyone. What a great feeling to know that everyone can move with their own abilities.
I guess my point is that it is never too late to decide to improve your life, your body, your health, your wealth. Step outside your comfort zone, and see what happens. It may not be easy at first, but it will be worth it!