Enjoy the Moment and Each Step Along the Way

It’s funny…to me, ballroom and latin dancing is not just a hobby.  It’s a total lifestyle, addiction, passion, a way to express myself, it’s who I am.  I love to dance.  I love everything about it.  I love the challenges, the accomplishments and everything in between. There are times, however, that I’m trying so hard to be perfect (even though I’m far from it) that I sometimes forget to enjoy the moment and just dance.  I concentrate so hard on my goals and where I want to be that I forget where I came from, how far I’ve come and how hard I’ve worked to be where I am.

And that’s when you need a dose of reality.  Something to bring you back to you.  I’m not saying, to forget your goals, but to “stop and smell the roses” so to speak. That’s when you need a reminder to take in that moment, enjoy that dance, feel the music, connect with your dance partner.  My dose of reality came in a form of a dance tip from my instructor’s weekly update email blast.  The dance tip said, “When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way”.  As simple as this dance tip is, it certainly hit a nerve, but in a good, positive way.

I’ve been thinking about competition and wanting to be the best (I know, I’m kidding myself), that I’ve been getting frustrated easily when I miss a step and I’ve been on an emotional roller coaster.  I’ve ignored compliments and focused on my flaws.  I’ve totally forgotten to enjoy the moment and just dance.

I’ve forgotten how totally blessed I am to be able to dance and take lessons with a fantastic Pro, who is so patient with me (believe me, I’m not the easiest student to deal with) and who is willing to help me reach my dance goals.  I’ve forgotten how amazing my husband is with being so supportive of my dance dreams, desires and all the time I’ve put into my dancing.  I’ve forgotten how easily all this could be taken from me.  I’ve forgotten to enjoy each step along my dancing journey.

So here I am, thinking things over and writing this blog post, mainly as a reminder to myself that “…(my) purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way”.  I want to be the best dancer that I can be and my place on the dance floor will come; whatever that place may be, I will remember to enjoy every step along the way.

I have the heart, the feet will soon follow ;)

2 Responses to “Enjoy the Moment and Each Step Along the Way”

  1. TC 06. May, 2011 at 1:59 am #

    Good luck today! Remember to enjoy the moment!

  2. yana 06. May, 2011 at 4:30 am #

    Thank you, TC! I most definitely will ;)

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