A touch of ‘normalcy’

“Normalcy.”

Only one of the people in the text group for my exercise class is in my contacts, so I don’t know who wrote it, but that’s the word she used after our first Zoom session last week.

It’s a good word.

We’d all like “normalcy” these days, but we’re mostly dealing with the “new normal.”

The “new normal” is What Life Is Now, and it’s a pretty scary place. Businesses are closed. People don’t have jobs. It’s hard for anyone to go anywhere or do anything.

And worse, lots of people are getting sick and dying.

The “new normal” is also What Things Are Going To Look Like, even if no one knows exactly what that is.

”Normalcy,” however, is What Was, what you’re trying to get back to. People have run presidential campaigns on it.

You can make “normalcy” the things you enjoy. It can be going to games, seeing family or gathering Monday nights at 7 to kick, jump, punch, squat, stretch and laugh for an hour in each other’s company.

But “normalcy” can’t escape the “new normal,” which means sports with no fans, birthday parades and restaurants setting up tables in parking lots.

And it means setting up my iPad across my sock drawer before moving to our office desk to find the best place to take the class.

Zoom setup

It’s an adjustment, and not just because I’m trying to find a room where I can move from side to side without the area rug shifting underneath me. I’d rather not slip and pull a leg muscle if I can avoid it.

The music has been a little wonky at times, at first when we couldn’t hear it, and then when it seemed out of sync with Jamie, our instructor. It’s getting better, though.

And since, in the gym, everyone’s facing the same direction, including Jamie, I had trouble keeping left from right straight because we’re all looking at her, so her right side is on the left of the screen.

About halfway through the second class, though, I remembered one of the maxims of the class, one of the things that makes it so enjoyable — you don’t have to be perfect, as long as you keep moving.

Timing’s a little off? Don’t worry about it.

Going left when you should go right? Don’t worry about it, especially since you’re not next to someone you might collide with otherwise.

Not getting a move exactly right? Don’t worry about it.

It got a lot easier after that.

And really, we hadn’t been able to get together in two months … does it really matter if I kick my right foot first when Jamie kicks her left?

Although Suzi and I have enjoyed our walks, whenever the gym does reopen, it would be great if we could get back at least somewhat to the “normalcy” of regular workouts, even if the “new normal” means it won’t be exactly the same. 

One of the people in the class works in the gym, and she told us that they are working to be ready whenever they get the go-ahead to reopen. The owners have been deep-cleaning regularly, and masks will be required when things start back up again.

Although Suzi and I have enjoyed our walks, whenever the gym does reopen, it would be great if we could get back at least somewhat to the “normalcy” of regular workouts, even if the “new normal” means it won’t be exactly the same.

 

 

 

 

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