NP Log, star date 74041.6. We are in the forth month of our COVID closure and while the challenges of our separation seemed immense early on, the crew on board the USS Edmonton have found many ways to find joy in these times. Their continued efforts are inspiring. To boldly social distance and limit the spread of disease… that is our continuing mission…
Back in early March, which feels like yesterday and three years ago all at the same time, you could find most people making jokes about the threat of Covid. Jim and I were entertaining the idea of a “Corona inspired playlist and workout”. I can’t take full credit, one of our regulars suggested it, but we were totally on board. It wasn’t real, and it certainly wasn’t going to impact our lives. It would blow over like everything else. Right?
Guest blog by our Volunteer Committee
Hey Boston–and everyone else who reads our blogs or attends our virtual workouts! We’re glad you’re here!
We officially been in quarantined, non-in-person, virtual workouts for more than 4 months (a third of the year) and I have to say, it feels good to know that NP_Continues…and we keep showing up with and for each other. I’ve also been noticing that it feels different now than it did a few months ago. Virtual feels almost normal, and as weird as that is to say, it’s true. We’re creatures of habit and we all seek out that feeling of normalcy, even when it means adapting to the ways we all now engage in our workouts together (which seems to be hunched over into a tiny screen, seeing parts or none of each other as they attempt to do movements that are only sometimes visible to their camera, and listening through wireless earbuds because the audio is more fruitful than the video). It’s weird and it’s also pretty usual now. Just like we don’t really bat an eye at the fact that Alban, one of our amazing Boston members, has been leveraging the space available for indoor workouts by setting out the yoga mat in the little space next to the shower and tucked in front of the sink and butt-ing up to the toilet. Yup, it’s bathroom fitness and it’s a real thing.
Firstly, I want to share my appreciation for all of you who either showed up on Saturday to our birthday party, or sent messages wishing us a happy 7th birthday. None of it would have been possible without all of you, so we were thrilled that so many of you could share in the celebration.
As we hear about provinces and countries beginning to open back up and move into new phases maybe you have asked when are we going to resume in person workouts? Hold the high speed internet connection cause Zoom has been bringing us together for the past four months now and we’re quite not ready to drop that connection just yet. However, it is certainly on our minds too and we are really excited to see all of you in person.
Thank you to everyone who showed up to our Town Hall! We were happy and grateful to see over 20 people attending. Your excitement about NPSF and willingness to help us improve it is inspiring.
Before we recap the meeting, we’d like to define how we’re looking at Diversity and Inclusion. We want NP to be diverse. Why? Because a community is stronger when it is diverse. Because free fitness should be for everyone. NP claims to be an inclusive and welcoming place but we aren’t seeing diversity that reflects that claim. We look at diversity as an indication that we are being inclusive, and the lack of diversity as a sign of places where we are failing to achieve our goal. We would also like to recognize that we will make mistakes and we want all of you to hold us accountable. We’re not afraid to make mistakes as long as we’re pushing for a better NPSF, and know that we are open to receiving any and all feedback from our members.
Hi, my name is Jill and I am an Alcoholic.
It’s a really hard sentence to type, speak or even admit in your own head. But it is a statement that I have identified with for over ten years. Over time it gets a little easier to say, yet there is always a lump in my throat when the words leave my lips. I prefer to say “I’m Jill & I’m in Recovery”, I really like the way that sounds. But honestly, they both mean the same. I will always be an alcoholic until the day that I die and by the grace of God I hope that I will still be in recovery when I take my last breath.
Today is officially November Project Canada’s 7th birthday. 7 years ago, on Monday, July 15, 2013, Andrew spawned a group of early risers, inviting us to at Kinsmen Park, where the first of many-to-come deck workouts ensued. It was complete with fire drills that ripped us down some really fast slides.