"But Maegan," you say, "why is zumba a Gnome? It's fun! It burns calories! It's Latin-based!"
Well, because I've always been coordinationally-challenged. I like exercise, but just the repetitive stuff: treadmill, stationary bike, the elliptical if I'm feeling wild and crazy. Anything that requires the upper half of my body to communicate with my lower half, that calls for my legs to move in sync while my arms do something totally different - that's a whole new bag of snitches.
But you know what? Once I stopped worrying about me and how silly I looked (luckily the studio was mirror-less), it was fun! The important thing is to just keep moving, kind of like if you're in a choir and you lose your place so you start singing "watermelon" instead. It doesn't hurt to have an instructor like Jan, either: always smiling and exclaiming how good we were doing even as we tried to swing our hips, pop our shoulders and twirl our wrists all at once. To steal a quote from Janiel, she ought to be bottled and sold.
So, I can't shimmy quite as well as Jan does. Nor is my writing as pretty as Maggie Stiefvater's or Robin McKinley's. But it's all good, because it will be someday, hopefully. As long as I keep trying, keep moving, even if I have to sing "watermelon" sometimes (or is that way too many metaphors to cram into one sentence?).