Dance Like Nobody’s Watching

life lessons, observations“Gran, would you like to learn the barn dance?” Emily asked.

We were at an out-of-town Highland Dance Competition and were filling in time as we waited for the earlier group of dancers to finish and her group to be called.

There was a small cloak room just outside of the auditorium and that is where Emily had just taken my husband through the steps of this same dance. I enjoyed watching the two of them and had even taken a few pictures.

It looked like fun but my mind immediately came up with several reasons why I shouldn’t do it. What if someone else saw us? Chances are I’d make a lot of mistakes and look foolish. Would I embarrass myself? I hesitated as these thoughts flashed across my mind.

The hopeful look in Emily’s eyes convinced me to say yes. I stepped into the small room and she took my hand and started to lead me through some simple steps. We repeated them several times.

As I focused on her instructions and not my insecurities, my former concerns disappeared. I had fun and the time passed far too quickly.

Too often I have let my self-doubts rob me from living life to the fullest. I hate to think of all the adventures I have missed. There are so many opportunities that can’t be embraced until I step out of my comfort zone.

I’m not one for making New Year’s resolutions, but if I was, near the top of my list would be to dance like nobody’s watching, because usually, no one is!

6 thoughts on “Dance Like Nobody’s Watching”

  1. Thanks for the reminder to live outside my comfort zone Tandy. My word for 2023 is courage. Living outside my comfort zone and courage go hand in hand now to see where they will take me. H&B

  2. Happy New Year, may 2023 bring you Health, Happiness and Love through out the year, and a selfish wish for me to keep receiving these beautiful writings in my email, and hopefully get together for coffee again this year! Maybe then you can teach me the dance. 🙂

    1. Happy New Year Christine. Thank you for your kind words. I’d love to get together with you but wouldn’t count on me remembering the dance steps!

  3. “Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.” Isaiah 50:7 NIV

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