I taught my first Turbo Kick class last night. I volunteered to join a program called Healthy Notion Kids at the Atlanta Mission. I got there with a little time to set up. There was a professional photographer there to take pictures of the kids exercising. Kids were all over my computer and his camera. It felt a little like when I was in India with kids posing to take pictures and then begging to see themselves on the camera’s screen.
After I arrived, the program coordinator left to go pick up sandwiches–essentially leaving these kids in the hands of two people she’s just met in person.
The Turbo Kick session was complete and utter chaos. At one point one of the kids dumped a full water bottle all over the floor. We had to stop less than 5 minutes in to clean that up because kids were slipping and falling. Kids were trying to break dance in the water, throwing things from around the room at each other.
They were randomly coming as close to me as they could, some hugging me in the middle of the exercise.
The whole situation just put me in my place, put my life into perspective. I am so fortunate to have been born into a loving family who gave me the best possible future they could afford. I’m so lucky to have a roof over my head, knowledge that I will have 3 square meals a day (and more), safety, security, and surplus.
Being with this kids was humbling. It makes me want to do more because I know I can. Even though it was hard, I can’t wait to go back next week to show these kids some love, show them the importance of staying healthy, show them how school is crucial, show them that they’re more than their circumstances.
Happy Friday, everyone. Remember to count your blessings. And when you think you’ve run out of things to count, think again. Look deeper. We have so much to be thankful for. So very very very much. It’s time to give back. You may think you have nothing to give, that you’re scraping the bottom, but the bottom for you is the top for someone else. They’d give anything to have what you do. Be grateful every day. Be grateful through anger. Be grateful through frustration. Be grateful through sadness.
Just know how fortunate you are for the things you have, the people you have, the love you have.