I love early morning. I especially love it as the days lengthen. My waking is in concert with the fading of early morning stars on the western edge of my life, overseen by a tiring but still regal silver lamé moon. The eastern horizon, spectacular in a silken robe of sunrise, seeps through my skin, lifts my chest, and dizzies my mind.
For the past couple of weeks, I have been fortunate to co-instruct an early morning boot camp fitness program. Called MOVE IT! Outdoor Boot Camp, I get to share morning sunrise with 29 other fitcrazy funloving totally remarkable women. Sunrises so shared are ineffably stunning.
MOVE IT! Outdoor Boot Camp runs four mornings a week – Tuesday through Friday – in four-week sessions, from 6:00am to 7:00am. In the spring freshness of Victoria Park, overlooking the cranes and herons of the Hillsborough River – known as Mimtugaak by those who came before us – we frolic (well, there is some sense of play in it ) in a frenzy of fitness. Sprinting in the fields, rearranging picnic tables in the playground, punishing tennis courts with big ropes. Feeling chilled, getting grass stained, relenting a bit of self-consciousness about bed head, forging new friendships, marveling at each others’ efforts and accomplishments.
These are, indeed, mornings of our own making. Every one of us awakes earlier than we thought we would, our alarms insistent that we not be late. We do it repeatedly. Some of us leave our slumbering blushing homes empty and still resting. Others tip toe quietly past the doors of softly breathing children, maybe with a short-lived regret for disturbing our partner. Yoga mats, water bottles and damp sneakers hold a special allure in the soft gray light of our morning home, their scent alerting all our senses. This is the smell of change, of dedication, of commitment to self. It is the mark of confidence and adventure and it nurtures us so that we can nurture the parts of the world which most matter to us.
I love early morning. I love it solitary. I love it shared.
I am blessed with good fortune.