Carving Your Niche

To piggyback my last post, I marvel at the way some people are resuming their regular rhythms in the best way possible.

In the Park, for instance, two trainers have created a 40 minute dance workout, one can join at random for a nominal fee.

I see them early, putting out pastel markers observing social distancing. They have music and wrist weights they spray and clean, for the 20 or so people who show up daily relishing the outdoors.

Then there’s the lanky blonde on her bright blue yoga mat stretching by the Great Lawn, while a muscle man does pull-ups on the playground’s monkey bars, his array of tattoos bathed in sweat, as if they’re crying.

There’s a group of 5 who meet twice a week for a yoga class from 5:15 a.m. till 6. They resemble a ballet, saluting to the sun, a sun that’s not quite up yet.

I see the same people during my run…walking, biking, running alongside. We nod to one other in noble agreement that life, even with its present curve, deserves to be cherished as we breathe in its fresh air.

If you need encouragement, all one has to do is watch Nature go about her business without missing a beat.

One day I wouldn’t be surprised if a squirrel, led that dance class.

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About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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89 Responses to Carving Your Niche

  1. That’s amazing that people go outside to exercise. Running, yes, but stretching? Yoga? I stretch three feet from my bed. It’s great they enjoy being outside, especially the dancers. I’m smiling that y’all greet each other.

    Walkers that I passed in Stony Brook always spoke a greeting at 6 in the morning. I never did figure out the exact time folks ignored other walkers. If you followed the same route midmorning, no one would look at you, and it would break the code to speak.


  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    Life goes on. I love the early morning. I keep my bedroom window open a little bit so I can wake up to the birds singing. I get up at 4:30 (no alarm clock) and lately those lazy birds aren’t singing yet.

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  3. I love the idea that folks accommodate the challenge and get out there and do what makes them feel better. Thanks for the report from the field.

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  4. Sorryless says:

    Yesterday, a friend introduced me to a new shop. The owners specialize in fun, with everything from folk art to antiques. They held on to the place only because it’s not their main source of income, but rather, a passion of theirs. It was inspiring.


  5. Dale says:

    What a wonderful report. When one wants to, one can really get things happening…

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  6. That’s great that they can meet outside like that. Central Park is such a blessing. I don’t suppose anyone is holding exercise classes in the cemetery here, the closest park we have. Better outside in the fresh air while they can than cooped up inside.

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  7. We see (pretty much) the same people on our 3-4 walks in different areas. The dog walkers are out in whatever weather so we pawlitely (see what I did there) greet one another with a cheery arooo depending on the prevailing weather. My pawrents don’t arooo of course. The runners and cyclists are now back with a vengeance and we spend quite some time dodging out of their way, on far too many occasions. I don’t know if they realise that a beagles walk interrupted leads to serious garden shenanigans upon return home. It’s not good – for the pawrents (again see what I did there).


  8. I’m very encouraged by the creativity that this has brought to the world. People are thinking way outside of the box for a change!!
    The squirrels around here have not missed a beat. They continue to dig in my deck plants while mocking me through the glass.

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  9. Vasca says:

    Seems everything has or is changing…everywhere. But…it’s wonderful people will get out for fresh air and scenery changes. It’s getting older by the day and I wonder…I truly wonder what has happened to the regulars such as ‘the girl in the box’. She must have had her routing for all those months and years. I keep wondering what has become of her? Do you have any idea? I think about her much of the time…wondering, wondering.

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