The event didn't go as smoothly as we would have liked. Fewer people participated than planned, and the energy was -- calmer than yesterday. But it was still lovely. At one point, the fitness instructor had us doing "stars," where we hand to start in a squat with our hands touching our ankles, then jump up, throw our arms in the air, and return to a squat. Since we were facing the southern tip of Manhattan, it felt like we were saying a prayer of thanksgiving to the City we were serving. Pretty amazing.
The launch of the "Make NYC Your Gym" campaign was absolutely thrilling! We had a great turnout, with hundreds of New Yorkers zumba-ing in Madison Square Park. I couldn't believe our luck with the weather - sunshine, heat but no humidity. I noticed our commissioner smile as soon as he walked into park. A class of 3-year olds danced for a while too. It was great.
Today, it all begins. The months and months of hard work culminate in this upcoming week. We are launching "Make NYC Your Gym." In order to celebrate, we have organized 7-days of free fitness programs in all 5 boroughs. The mayor (the MAYOR of NYC!!!) talked about the project today. Amazing.
I'll try to keep up with blog posts this week, because I need to make sure I remember as much as I can. I'm a little worried that this is the climax of my entire professional career. Will I ever get to hear the Mayor of NYC say words that I helped craft again? Will I ever get to promote something so genuinely good for New York again? I sure hope so.
"But when she stepped off the train in New York, her plain little face looked beautiful for a moment, as if the future were opening before her and its glow were already upon her forehead, as if she were eager and proud and ready to meet it..."