Go for it!

I’ve got a little story for you today. I’ve never been really into team sports or activities and deep down I’m pretty shy. I wanted to meet new people and decided to take part in a performance with 99 other people. The plan was to dance a piece in a festival called Figment, 100 people with hula hoops and choreography.

With the exception of constantly wearing leg-warmers in high school, working at a Club Med for a few weeks and taking part in a grunge music video, I’ve got no real dance experience. I’m not a natural when it comes to pretty and delicate, let alone having to remember a sequence of dance steps and do them in that particular order.

Normally I’d  run far, far away from the opportunity given to me, but I wanted to get myself out of my comfort zone and try something new. I went to a bunch or rehearsals and practiced my ass off. It took a while but I got it, and when I did, it felt great.

We performed 4 times over 2 days, it was magical. I wasn’t perfect, but it didn’t matter, I did my best and I’m proud of my efforts. (I’d be happier if I had caught my hoop after throwing it really high in the air but it wasn’t meant to be. I had a speedy recovery and filled an empty spot so it all worked out.)

What did I get out of this?  Lots more than I ever thought possible. I met a whole bunch of truly amazing, fun, funny, smart, lovely people who I’m really looking forward to seeing again. I made some new friends who have similar interests. I got to wear crazy, fun carnival clothing and walk through my neighborhood at 10 in the morning, (that was pretty interesting, I recommend it if just for the looks alone). I got to dance with a group, take part in something very special and learn a bit about myself.  It was way too much fun.

I shoved myself out of my comfort zone and the reward was more than worth it. Thank you to Bex, our incredible, unstoppable leader/choreographer/cheerleader, you are a firecracker!  Thanks to  everybody else, I’m still beaming today.

Next time you ask “Should I?” Do it! Life’s too short to hide on the sidelines.

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