Dancing By Myself!

8 Oct

Last Saturday, I did something that I’ve never done before. I went to the club solo. Now I’ve gone to dinner alone and I’ve seen plenty of movies without a companion; but the club in my mind is a different animal. Probably because as a woman, I’ve been taught to be overly-cautious and careful about my safety and surroundings. But this first furlough weekend, I found myself dying to get out of the house. I wanted/needed to have a drink, hear some good music, and shake my tail-feather.  I absolutely love music and dancing; for me it’s cathartic and it’s cardio (at the same damn time). So after not being able to find some company, I made up my mind to go it alone.

And go it alone I did.

I had the best time! It was just what I needed. The music was awesome; the vibe in the venue was nice. I wore my sneakers so I danced til I sweated, after sipping on something fruity. And to top it off, I went home without being accosted. Woo hoo! I am totally going to do this again and again and again.

I performed what professor and mental health professional Brene Brown calls “daring greatly.” I showed up and I was seen. As I write this post, Dr. Brown is on Oprah Winfrey’s show Life Class. She is discussing vulnerability, a topic Brown has researched for the last decade. She has given TED Talks on the subject as well and has written the book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.  I have really enjoyed what I’ve heard from Dr. Brown thus far. While on the show, she said that we are to “share with people who have earned the right to hear the story.” Amen. I totally agree that we need to be vulnerable with those deserving of such sacrifice and not all are worthy.

Here’s her TED talk on vulnerability.

Dare greatly people!

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