It’s fast approaching that time of the year again… my day of birth. My nearest and dearest and those who know me know that I love birthdays.
I love helium balloons and getting cake, and no I’m not past the age of getting either of that, you are never too old for such anyway. And I’ve never been one to worry too much about age. You’re only as young as you feel. I love gifting and getting gifts but more than anything I LOVE to dance.
“Darling don’t ever be too shy to dance your heart out.”
I was asked the other day if I wasn’t over the idea of going out to dance on my birthday. You already know that I firmly said no. I may be slowly getting past the dancing till the wee hours while wasted years (even though those make for the best stories) but I’m not past dancing and probably never will be.
I know there’s a friend or two that’s secretly rejoicing and relieved that they don’t have to go dance their lives away with me thinking, “oh now you will be”, given the COVID-19 pandemic we’re facing and that my birthday falls under the national shutdown in South Africa.
“And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance I hope you dance.”
See I love to dance and I don’t need an occasion to dance. Dancing is a way for me to express emotion, particularly elation but to also release whatever other emotion I’m feeling. Dancing I believe is the hidden language of the soul.
I’m the type to dance anywhere to almost anything. You’re probably thinking I’m the “make the circle bigger” type, I was. Hey! Let he without sin be the first to judge. And even more I’m the ultimate hype master to get anyone else to dance. Either way what I’m saying is that a little confinement is not going to stop me from dancing.
I know some think I’m part of the folk with the two left feet. The type that dances artlessly, without particular grace or skill but usually with enjoyment as the definition of this piece states. Even so, I’m going to keep dancing anyway and you should too. I mean your life is a party and you should dance like it. Though in my defense I can dance to save my life and I did say I’m a woman of many talents, yes singing included. Don’t make me unleash my inner Beyonce.
“No matter what people think of you always keep singing your own song.”
I know for most parts this post seems to be centered around dancing; moving rhythmically to music typically following a set sequence of steps and even though this is so this post is rather about following the beat of your own drum. Cliche as it is.
I’ve reiterated in quite a number of posts, if it isn’t the overall message of this year and my blog as a whole that one should live their truth. And this goes in line with the message of this piece. That dance to the sequence of steps that you’ve created not those that were designed and laid out for you by someone else.
And that’s it ladies and gentlemen, that’s the blog post. Too many a time we follow the steps of others because we want to make them happy or proud of us that we rob ourselves the delight of the movement of dance itself. When the purpose of dancing is to enjoy each step along the way.
Live life according to your own steps and figure out the sequence as you go along. In other words live life on your own terms and your own background music. Sometimes you’re the only one who can hear the music and that too is okay. No one knows the intricacies of your life so don’t let them be the Dj to the soundtrack of your life.
Your life is a party and whoever you let into your life is entering a party that you’ve already started on your own. In that way if a person decides to leave, the party and the dancing continues either way.
Hence I urge you to enjoy and embrace the choice to move as you wish and even more so the freedom to do so. I know more often than not most people love to dance. I mean life’s too short not to dance anyway. The question however is, what does dancing mean to you? When you describe your dance of life how would you explain it?
As I leave you to go celebrate growing a year older by dancing my life away. I wish you a lively dance of life filled with love, light and lots of luck.