Look, I’m not trying to solicit sympathy or jeez even freaking pity with this blog post. I just want to give a glimpse into how I process life as a Black man in a White World, (that’s an actual song by the amazing Michael Kiwanuka, it’s great you should check it out). Of course, it goes without saying that these are my personal opinions and processes. No black experience is the same. Mine is that I’m a Yoruba man, who grew up in the Motherland, where my ancestry was a big part of my upbringing. A lot of African Americans don’t have that privilege which I took for granted for a lot of my life, so that’s one difference.
On a cold, damp Wednesday morning six years and two months ago, six co-workers met on the north stairs of the Field Museum in Chicago. They ran up and down the Soldier Field entrance ramps, splashed through slushy puddles, and posed, straight-faced, for an Instagram post they tagged #weatherproof and #NP_pledge.
Testing, testing, 123…is this thing still on? Hello NP Can community I present to you a collection of bad jokes:
- Why can’t fish sing on key? Because you can’t tuna fish
- Whats made of leather and sounds like a sneeze? A shoe
- You can’t plant flowers if you haven’t botany
- I once tried to row across the Atlantic single handed…but I just kept going round in circles
- Whats the longest word in the English language? Smiles. There is a mile between the first and last letter
- If you are cold go stand in the corner. Its 90 degrees there
- I’ve lost 20% of my sight…..sigh
- Rob why don’t you stop telling terrible jokes and read a book instead…..that’s a novel idea
- Its wrong to make a dad joke when you are not a dad. It’s a faux pa
Thank you thank you you can stop clapping and laughing at your screen I know I should quit my day job and go pro but this isn’t the time to discuss that haha.
I hope at least one of these made you laugh even just a little bit and I hope you are doing alright in your neck of the woods. Seeing your faces virtually and connecting with you has made a world of difference in my mental health and I looking forward to continuing to do so. I do not have much more to say other than that. Perhaps words of inspiration will come to me in the next few weeks but for now I just hope this helped bring a smile to your face and that you are doing well.
We thought we had this thing figured out didn’t we- did anyone else have a momemtary panic they were going to miss the workout this morning, when you signed in and realized you had no idea WHAT the password is? Have I ever had to put in a password? Did I miss a post? How early is it? FOMO is at an all time high. The possibility of missing it is a real challenge. The workout has been posted, I can do it on my own, but I woke up to do this WITH everyone else, on zoom and at 6:29. Well, at 6:26-6:32am, multiple messages being tossed about the virtual world, “What’s the password?” “it’s not working” “it won’t let me in” well, you were not the only ones my friend. We were just as surprised as you, and in fact, we made the NP link so long ago, that I’m not even sure how we would have found the password for that original link. Well, it was great while it lasted. Security is up, which is great, and another change tossed our way. But how quick did things adjust this morning? In about 6 minutes. We were moving that spoon about bouncing while people logged in around 6:33 to the new zoom code SO quick, and jumped in to Row, Row, Row your boat, and quickly into the movement of the day.
We miss all of you so much and wanted to do a special workout together on the holiday. We’ll all find a way to connect virtually, and do the same workout, at the same time, in separate locations.
Date: Monday May 18th
Time: 7:00am -8:10am
Location: Anywhere outdoors
7:00am – On our Instagram Story, we’ll post a list of 10 things you’ll need to find on your run/ride/walk. Your starting point is wherever you are.
During this time of virtual workouts and distanced life, we’ve found that doing things a little differently at NP_BOS workouts is not only necessary, it’s also important in continuing to create the kind of feeling that NP has always been about. Fun, a little weird, close, connected, united, challenging, surprisingly hard but worth it… those old familiar things that somehow feel easier to create and experience in person… but that aren’t lost over our screens if we keep them alive.
For this birthday blog, I couldn’t decide between two themes–
1) If you build it, they will come
2) Something I Need
So instead, here is a mashup of both.
“If you build it, they will come.”
This is a bounce we use in Brooklyn. It was most recently used by my coleader Jessica to kick off the Brooklyn Buster. For five mornings in the middle of winter, we met at 5:58AM. People came, no matter where we met or what the weather was like. We built it, and they came. Jessica crafted certificates for those that showed up all five days. We both signed them like we were official somebodies. Someone lamented that he would’ve shown up that one day if he knew there would be certificates. In reality, it was a piece of paper with ink. We built it, and they wanted to come.
Happy whatever day of the week it is! It’s your friendly neighborhood introvert, Liz! I was asked to write a blog that shares my COVID-19 shelter-in-place experience from the viewpoint of someone who is probably enjoying this way more that a lot of you right now. I mean, November Project is filled with amazing, beautiful, outgoing, extroverted humans-that’s the whole point of the group! I love each and every one of your social butterfly spirts; I just can’t relate to them. What I can relate to, is feeling uncomfortable, out of control of a situation, and frustrated. So, I would like to share some things with you that have helped me through this unprecedented time we are experiencing. From one introvert to…. a lot of lovely extroverts 😊
The last time I wrote about this I couldn’t say that I was feeling all that good. And while I still miss many things and have hard days, I can more confidently say, F-Ya! to that question.
I thought I would share some of the steps I have been taken that have helped me transition from mourning the loss of “normal” to creating a new normal. Just as I used to wake up excited for November Project and my non-NP day strength classes or look forward to connecting with my school and run communities, I have now found myself looking forward to my new routines.