I had always watched in admiration as couples twirled effortlessly around the dance floor — seeming to read each other’s minds, their bodies gliding in perfect tandem with one another.
This night, one gentleman offered me his hand — he must have noticed the wistful look in my eyes. "Pull on my hand like you are going to open the fridge," he said. Not really understanding what he was talking about, I pulled at his cupped hand. "No, no, that would have opened the fridge. Pretend like you are about to open it, but aren’t quite opening it," he explained. And so I did. He responded by putting pressure back into my hand and thereby directing me, guiding me, dancing with me.
Suddenly I was a twirling, spinning, dancing machine. My smile was so big I couldn’t keep it to myself. As I concentrated so hard on ‘the fridge’ I was actually swing dancing like I had admired so many others in the past. I was dancing, not just bouncing back and forth dancing, but really dancing.
It was the most delightful feeling and what I learned about myself that night was that I love dancing. I really love it. It makes me feel happy and vibrant and alive and I want to do it more. I have to do it more.
Enter Hepcat Studio where even if you can’t convince your partner to accompany you, you are still welcome to join. Suneil Pandey, the sparkling host and teacher, makes it easy to learn and fun to boot! Check out the studio online at www.winnipegswing.com.
Enough about dancing. That’s not what this is about. It’s about you.
What do you love?
What have you been saying no to when everything inside of you is screaming yes!
What new or former passions are ready to be uncovered or rediscovered? How will pursuing them make you feel? How will it enrich the lives of others in your circle of influence?
Pay attention to those things you love or would love to do: those things that make you happy just thinking about; those things that make you smile; those things that you can’t wait to talk about.
These are the things that make you more interesting, happier, and satisfied. They reduce your stress and help you focus on what’s going right, which sets a great example for those around you.
While you are signing up the kids for lessons, sign yourself up for something, too — you’ll be glad you did!
For me, opening a fridge door with never be the same.
Stephanie Staples is a St. Vital-based writer and life coach. You can visit her website at www.yourlifeunlimited.ca.
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