World Health Day 2020 just passed on 7 April 2020. The world is not very healthy at this moment. I look at some old pictures and reminisce when I can easily exercise outdoors. Now even without Covid-19 MCO, I can’t be exposed to the sun for too long outdoors and without protection. I love exercising and I still do it indoors, alone. Exercising is supposedly not good for those with eczema but I do it because it keeps me healthy, less stiff and makes my mind active. I just gotta find the right balance of not exercising excessively,
Aerobics is still my favourite exercise dance routine. This was my choreography in 1998, which made my sports house the winning team and we performed at Stadium Bandaraya Pulau Pinang. It’s not an empty field, the spectators are facing us, behind the camera, where they are nicely in the shade like puteri lilin, like they can melt in the sun. Now I inadvertently became one. 😊 It’s only us, athletes that’s usually out in the sun, that’s why I was always tanned when growing up. Always get questioned if I’m any other race but Chinese because they said I don’t look Chinese. I made sure to put sunblock, if not my skin would have been damaged much earlier. I wasn’t born super healthy with skin allergies but it was my lifestyle choices when younger that kept me preserved well until I got out of school and much damage done. I’m doing what I can now to reverse the damage including needing to remove people that’s not good for my life.
Gives me satisfaction when I look at the pictures because I’m proud of how this team managed to make the lines so straight. They didn’t come into the field in this straight line, they were in another formation and ran in a special choreographed movement to form this line, so for them to end up this straight, is good. I can see though, that some of them were slow and not dancing on beat, where they are supposed to be stretched out, some not there yet. Hmm… 😒 Everyone’s co-operation is needed to ensure they are dancing properly because one slow move will cause the whole team’s dance to be out of place and not look nice. No one wants a team member that causes the dance to be disrupted. We put in a lot of hours and months to practise and this paid off when we perform well. For me, if it’s a big group of people dancing, it’s all about the formation and being synchronised. The biggest group I had dancing at the same time was 40 people. It’s not crazy running around like headless chicken but I choreographed it to make them move in a beautiful flow so they ended up making a few formations all while they were doing aerobics. In the second picture, the formation is a ‘b” for Blue House, which is our sports house. No one else throughout my years in school has done this lettering formation during the aerobics dance competition until I did it. Then the next year, another competing team followed this and did their sports house lettering. Oh well, some people will just be copycats and follow what other people do. 🙄 Want to follow, can but I don’t like if I don’t get paid for it.
First year in highschool, I wasn’t the first one to join the aerobics team when they opened up for joining. I was actually the last one to join and missed their first training session. I had to stand by one side and learn the steps. One senior from the morning session (we were in the afternoon session) who’s not in the team came and said she wants to dance for fun. I told her I’m just learning for the first time, so I don’t know the steps yet and don’t follow me. She still followed then asked me why I don’t know the steps. I already told her don’t follow me. Learn, I did and never had I known that time that as years went on, I did aerobics so well that I am the one choreographing and leading them in competitions. I did it so well that upon my senior years in Form 4 and Form 5, I can sit crossed legged at home like Buddha, put on my Walkman headset (last time iPod not created yet) and the dance moves with 40 people are created in my head, then next day teach the team to aerobics dance. Up to the point I can even mix the song myself using a tape dubbing radio. Those tape cassette, old school style which youngsters nowadays won’t know that we need to rewind before we can play the song again. It’s also because my Dad was strict last time, I was supposed to be sitting there doing my homework and we weren’t allowed to be jumping around the house. Kids my era and before are brought up well-behaved. So I mastered the art of choreographing dance without needing to move. What’s imagined in my head comes to life. That’s why I always said, there’s a God inside each one of us. Greatness comes from within, not from outside or from anyone else.
I also learnt that when it comes to creative work, too many cooks spoil the soup. I’ve tried being in a team with a few Aerobics Captains choreographing – ended up with arguments, unnecessary stress. It’s best that I just do the creative work or choreograph it myself, then other parts I need or assistance from other captains, they will only giving their input when asked for. A special shoutout to Hafiza, one of the best leaders I’ve worked with. She doesn’t interrupt my creative process from letting me choreograph the dance moves on my own, choosing the song and what I want the team to wear. I can let her know my limitations on what I can do and she will be find a way or someone to handle the part I can’t handle.If no one can do it, say for example we couldn’t find enough tennis skirts for them to wear (because we were highschool students, not a tennis team), then I will adjust my part to see how I can fit some to wear skirts or some to wear other attires (as you can see in the picture why we have different overall attires). Back then, loose t-shirts and pants was the fashion trend. What were we thinking… I chose to wear long track pants although I have tennis skirts which I passed to other team members to wear because I wear the pants. 😉 I was wearing another layer of shorts inside my long pants because I had to run track events, so it’s faster for me to strip off the long pants or put it back on between track events and aerobics. I can still fit in my tennis skirts now but I don’t play tennis anymore. I just need to let her hear the music, she’s ok with it and she lets me know her decision promptly, I can carry on with my work.
She would be the ideal type of customer I want – just pay and let me do my work without micromanaging. I will respect you enough to keep you updated or make the decisions you need to make but you just need to get back to me promptly on your decision if not my work will be stuck and you’re at a loss because you can’t get the final product on time. If only more customers understand this. What’s even better is she recognises my hardwork and appreciates it. It can be helped that she happens to be older than me and be my senior by 1 year, so there’s the school hierarchy that she needs to be the captain, and I her assistant captain that year. However, when you give me the freedom to thrive, I will strive for the best and that year, we took the Aerobics competition trophy home for our sports house. We get to take home the trophy which was pretty huge and keep it for a while before returning it to the school because the school couldn’t afford to give us the trophy…What to do, school budget. It’s a tradition that the team and house winning trophies are returned to the school each year and passed on to the next generation. Only individual trophies like for track events, is ours to keep. Anyway, she told me to take the trophy back home to keep and display for a while because she said she didn’t do anything and it was my hard work. I’m really touched, she recognises my hard work and acknowledges it. A lot of bosses missing this skill. She makes a good boss too, if not a good customer. Plus, she talks ever so gentle to me. And she’s tall and pretty too. 😏 My respects to you, you’re so sweet and an amazing Ketua. Simple the best.
Moral of the story :
1.) Just because you’re late in a certain field or career path, doesn’t mean you won’t do well in it.
2.) If you’re the first to create something, doesn’t mean other people will respect copyright or originality and there will usually be infringement to intellectual properties, plagiarism and whatnot.
3.) Exercise is good for health.
4.) Enjoy the sun and outdoors while you can before you’re forced to be indoors against your own will.
5.) Please find your own tennis skirts. You want to look nice in those tiny short skirts (I know many were thrilled to be wearing those skirts instead of the pants and shorts we’re used to during school exercises), so put in the effort yourself. Last time I still have the patience to find them for you coz I was in school and money didn’t matter much to me but now, especially if it’s part of my business service and it falls under the sourcing category for events, I have fees. I put money first because I have learnt the importance of it.
6.) I’m tired of taking care of other people. Have you all thought that sometimes the person taking care of other people actually needs the care the most ? I need to take care of myself especially when I’m chronically ill now.
7.) I can exercise alone and indoors.
Thank you for reading this post and take care of yourself. Appreciate your good health while you still have it.