I was first introduced to this song (I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack) when I was working at an American summer camp in 2013. One of my fellow Australian counsellors was this super friendly, always kind, forever smiling girl that you couldn't help but feel happy around. She had danced her whole life and was really passionate about it. When she showed me this song my first thought was that it was totally her in song form. I quickly downloaded it to my tablet and listened to it more and more as I spent ridiculous amounts of time on buses in transit all over America.
The more I heard this song, the more I loved it and the messages within it. The way I interpret it is that's it's basically saying...
Live in the moment.
Enjoy the small moments we so often take for granted. Take chances. Try new things. Don't be afraid to look silly. Hell, be silly on purpose! Life is short, don't waste it!
This song has been popping into my mind a lot in the last few weeks. I've just started my first ever dance classes, so I guess I'm taking the song quite literally.
I've wanted to dance as long as I can remember but as a child I was just too shy and too scared to give something new a go all by myself. Many of my friends already did dance and I never wanted to be the new kid who didn't really know what was going on. As I got older I searched for dance classes but struggled to find any suitable for older people that were also beginners. Then I started cheerleading and got my dance fix that way. Since I quit cheerleading I've been looking for something to fill that void and I think I've found it.
This term I am taking an adult beginner JazzFunk class and Adult Beginner Ballet.
So far, they're both great classes and so much fun!
I'm so happy that I've pursued another dream and haven't let fear of the unknown keep me from following my passion.
So if there's something that you've been considering trying out but you're unsure, nervous or even downright scared, I strongly urge you to get out there and give it go...
who knows, it could turn out to be the best thing you ever did!