IT'S 3.OO AM AND I'M AWAKE
Actually, now it's 3.40 and I have read my emails and written one. The neighbour's dog woke me and I couldn't sleep so I got up to do stuff. There is a fox in our neighbourhood that we believe lives under an empty house over the road and during the night it goes on the prowl, alerting all the dogs in the area.
At 6.00 am I am off to an exercise class called Boot Camp, with good reason as the instructors work us very hard and very fast. I am not the oldest person there, a friend of mine, aged 69, exercises along side me and we have a lot of fun, rolling our eyes about how hard it is, and how puffed we are. But we love it. There is a lot of camaraderie in an early morning class. It is held out on the tennis court in good weather and there are about 20 of us there, very few of us under 30 and there are as many men as there are women. We all gather in the gym, collect a kettle bell weight, and, armed with towel, drink bottle and weight, we walk out to the tennis court, chatting all the way. It is a great feeling to be part of something that almost feels like a guilty pleasure. At this time of the year the sun is just coming up and it is still cold. I live in a small country town and the gym is surrounded by bushland with lots of small kangaroos. We hear kookaburras and galahs in the early morning light and the whole scene has some kind of mystery about it.
Until we start to work out - push ups, sit ups, lunges, jumps, squats, running, frog jumping - need I continue? I spend some of my time thinking - He must be joking - but I keep going. Do I keep up with everyone? No, I don't. Does it matter? No, it doesn't. At first I used to feel self-conscious, but now I realise that nobody is looking anyway, they are concerned with what they are doing. We are all co-conspirators, out in the early morning light, working hard to stay fit and healthy. This week, our hardy instructor named Blake asked if anybody had any music they could bring to the class. I offered to bring my iPod and I made a playlist that included Rocky, Eye of the Tiger, Fame, Flashdance, Guy Sebastian, a total of 45 minutes of very motivating music. It was great fun. And I get to do it again this morning, yay!