Zumba Rhythm

Have you ever gone to a zumba class?

They are pretty fun.  There’s zazzy music, a little sweat, and a whole lot of people watching.

I’ve gone to a few zumba classes in the last few years, and here’s what I’ve learned:

There are front-row-zumba-ladies (and the occasional dancy gentleman), and there are back-row-zumba-ladies (and ne’er the occasional man – if you’re a zumba-man you’re up front – that’s all there is to it).

The front-row-zumba-ladies and gentleman know all the moves.  They have clearly been to a few a million classes before and when they shake it, they shake it fast because, they have the routine down.  Or perhaps they are just naturally good at picking up new rhythms (cue envy).

The back-row-zumba-ladies, are a little awkward, a little off beat, and definitely not sure of the routine.  These are the ladies that don’t naturally pick up new rhythms and who look more confused than sweaty when they leave the class.

I’m sad to report that I’m a back-row-zumba-lady.  New rhythms aren’t easy for me.  I’m not one of these, I’ll just make up my own moves and have fun in the process, free and easy types.  Nope. I have to get a feel for the routine before I can launch in.  I have to know how to move within the rhythm before I can feel good about the routine.

I know that if I go to the same zumba class for several weeks in a row, I’ll hear the same songs and dance out the same routines, and that soon, I’ll edge closer to the middle of the room because I’ll feel more confident with the routine.  (For the record, I’ll never be a front row zumba-lady, because I don’t have moves like Jagger).

I handle new life routines like I do zumba routines.

For the last month, I feel like I’ve been in the back row, wide-eyed and trying to figure out how to move in a new life rhythm.  I’ve felt a little unsure and a little off beat.

In January, my job responsibilities ramped up to warp speed.  I chose to take on some new and exciting responsibilities at work, and it’s been awesome.  I have loved my job since I started there a little over two years ago and I continue to love my job.  In fact, though things are busy, I’m loving it more than ever.  And in the midst of loving it, it’s been an adjustment to a new schedule.

Also in January, Adam started a new job at a church.  It’s an unexpected gift and a total blessing.  We’re both oozing with joy about how the whole deal went down.  I’ll have to tell you more about it soon.  There has been an air of nearly electric excitement around our house. And in the midst of the joy, it’s been an adjustment to a new schedule.

The good news, is that we’re about a month and a half into all the newness, and I’m starting to get the hang if this new life routine.  I’m still a little awkward about it all, but I’m feeling less off and more on.  I think I just needed a little time.

How do you respond to new rhythms and routines in life?

 Are you good at rolling with a new beat or do you, like me, need time to observe, learn, and practice?

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