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We walked into the gym greeted by friendly faces.  We were about to try Zumba.  I’d heard so much about it and was dying to see what it was all about.  My daughter and I knew that it involved dancing and probably some hip action and knowing that isn’t our forte made our way to the back row.  The music started, nice and loud with an infectious tribal sort of beat, and we began to warm up following the motions of the teacher way up front.  She stopped after that song and said she couldn’t hear well – the speakers were right over her head.  So she grabbed her stuff and marched through the crowd of ladies to the other side of the room and instructed the group to turn around.  That left Kaitlin and I on the front row!  I think I heard her say, “Oh crap.”   Then we looked at each other and laughed, shrugging our shoulders.  Actually, we had lots of chances to laugh at ourselves as we got our Latin grooves on.  I realized with relief that none of the other ladies were professional dancers; we were all there in our saggy sweats just to have fun and exercise so I kind of forgot about them and just had a blast.

What difference did it make if my hips didn’t really swish and wiggle when we did the “mueve mueve”?   It was a little more like jerk and clunk.  Who cares if I turned the wrong way in a circle, ending up face to face with the girls beside me and smiling sheepishly?  It felt so good and I burned some serious calories!  That was the whole idea, my reason for being there.   And you know what, I couldn’t stop smiling.   If I worried about what the ladies behind me were thinking I would have missed out on a  great evening.

Is there something you’ve wanted to do but haven’t because you’re worried what the people around you will think?  You’re probably missing out on something wonderful.  I bet the people around you are worried about what you think of them!  We humans are kind of silly sometimes, don’t you think?

Just dance!  Do it.  Give it all you’ve got.  If you need to, laugh at yourself and then keep going.

And if you want to go Zumba with me, let me know!

Each day is God’s gift. It’s all you get in exchange
For the hard work of staying alive.
Make the most of each one!
Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily!  ~ Ecclesiastes 9:9  The Message

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