So I’m sitting here at my daughter’s gymnastics class watching her do things with her little body that would send me straight to the E.R. LOL but as I’m sitting here I find myself wondering: “Could I have been a gymnast?” Realistically, no of course not, …but what if? What if I had started really young? What if I had been given the opportunity? Could I have been a gymnast, or a ballerina or swimmer, etc?
I think so many of us wonder; what if my parents could have afforded more? What if I had grown up in an area with more opportunities? What if I had stuck with this or that? What if I had been prettier, more popular, thinner, taller…and the list goes on and on and on with tons of “what if’s”.
Here’s what I say: What IF NOW?
What if I can experience all the things you feel like you missed out on now? What if you can experience what it’s like to be apart of an elite sport? What if you can now have that sense of belonging? What if you can form awesome friendships through a common passion? What if you can be active and healthy? What if you can compete? What you can feel beautiful now? What if you could feel proud of yourself? What if you could be good at something? What if you could be great? What if you could be a part of a team? What if you could feel like you could have all the things you feel like you missed out on? What if, what if, what if?
Why do we decide it’s too late? It’s like we all have this magical moment (and it’s different for everyone) that we get to and decide “that’s it”, I can’t have any of those things anymore. Why do we limit ourselves? For some it’s hitting a certain age and deciding with no rhyme or reason, “that’s it” or “I can’t do that”, “I’m too old.” Some get married and all of a sudden “it’s too late”, “I can’t achieve that now” Some have kids and decide “I no longer deserve to have dreams”. For some it a demanding career, or fear of others opinions or a fear of failure… and the list goes on and on.
Ballroom dancing allows us more joys than we ever are truly aware of in the beginning. All of the things I mentioned earlier can be achieved and gained through ballroom dancing. I have spent years personally witnessing amazing things through dancing. Whether it’s a woman who never got to feel pretty and now feels beautiful. That guy that never got to be a part of a team and now he’s the Captain! The woman that longed to be a ballerina so she could feel graceful, that now floats across the floor. A couple that just didn’t know how to communicate anymore who now stare into each other’s eyes and have a whole conversation in each other’s arms without uttering a word.
I have watched lives change, and it’s beautiful. What if you can have it all now? You should now, you could now and what might happen if you would now? Everyone should be able to achieve their dreams and still can!