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Dance like nobody's watching

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Spark inspirations has this video available:

It's adorable. But what really struck me is the number of people standing around *not* dancing. People who are looking on longingly, clearly wishing they had the nerve to join in.

How sad.

I remember one time when we were on a cruise ship, watching the Beatles tribute show. The performers said they were going to play a selection of the early, fast songs and invited the audience to get up and dance. Our family jumped up, from Gramma to the kindergartner, and danced, but no one else did. Yet I could see yearning in the faces of some of the other people. So I started making eye contact and inviting them onto the dance floor. Some of them joined us. Others just sat there, looking a bit sad but also very self-conscious.

I've done it myself. Two weekends ago I was getting a tour of an NPR radio station and we were invited to sit down in the booth, give our name, the car we drive, and the song we most like to drive to. I could have sat down and said that I love listening to Rockapella's Zombie Jamboree while driving my Saturn Vue, but I demurred. Why? I think my voice sounds weird. How silly of me to have passed by the opportunity to do something fun because of self-consciousness. That chance won't come again, just like the people on the cruise can't revisit that dance opportunity. Nor can the people who were on that subway platform where a little girl in a pink coat gave them all an opportunity to dance.

Life is too short to sit by the sidelines, worrying that someone will judge you for your actions. Grab on and enjoy.
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    Y'know what else is crazy about that? People will remember and respect that you were on the dance floor enjoying yourself even if your dancing prompted some giggles. I know from experience!
    1899 days ago
    Good one! THANKS!! emoticon
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    So true. We're all going to have regrets at the end of our lives; which would I rather regret: not having done enough, or doing too much? Taking a risk, or being too timid? Bringing a smile or a laugh to the lips of another person even if it meant looking silly, or sitting stonily and not making waves?

    Life is meant to be lived, not endured. We need to find joy wherever we can.
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