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Dare to Do Something Different!

Get out and go for it! You'll thank yourself later

by The Tattooed Mommie  |  1088 views  |  4 comments  |        Rate this now! 

I'm not as totally un-self-serving, dedicating all of my time towards others, never have time for me, as this may sound. But, there are times when, even though we may have regular little "me times" that we work into our day, we just want to do something really out of the norm and something just totally for... ME! (or YOU! in your case) And we all deserve these times, because without them we just go through the motions of each day and would probably serve better just being a robot. (However, don’t tell my husband this or he’ll cut me off from all of my “fun time” in hopes that I would be assimilated into a subservient machine by which he could program his evil plans into. But that in itself is a whole different issue!)

This all hit me as I was driving to work the other morning, listening to Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie," which is not unusual for me because I love her music. I’m sure we all have that artist or song that just brightens the whole day up. The one that when you are driving, or riding to work you can’t help but bounce a little to the beat, or in my case get a full on in-the-seat-dance going on. It makes for an interesting scene, I have many people who look over into my car wondering if they should call a paramedic until they realize that I’m singing along to music, not in an epileptic seizure.

Then it hit me like a Mack truck! (Well, actually I had gotten a little too much into Shakira and almost hit the Mack truck, but I meant that more figuratively.) So, I picked up my cell phone and called my husband and screamed, "I AM GOING TO TAKE SALSA LESSONS!”

Um. No honey, I know how to make salsa. I mean the dance. You know, the forbidden dance? Thank you for the buzz kill. Good-bye. Men!

So promptly after settling in at my desk at work, I hit the Internet full force, trying to find a dance studio that offers adult salsa dance lessons, otherwise known as “using my work time productively.” Although I found quite a few places that did dance lessons for kids, I’ve had a difficult time finding a place that does adult dance and salsa. I can find studios that do adult ballet, tap, and jazz, or I can find studios that do kids Latin dance. And although I did equate my dancing skills to that of a kid, I’m pretty sure my rather chunky butt would look mighty funny in a little pink tutu next to the 6-year-olds -- and they would definitely out dance me.

4 comments so far...

  • I'm so glad you wrote about this -- I've been thinking almost the exact same thoughts for the last few months.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Mel on 4th March 2008

  • you are so funny - this is SO TRUE!! And maybe you need to move north as there are a TON around here :)

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Kate on 4th March 2008

  • I so agree with your yearnings to do something different. I've been feeling the same way and was just saying so to my husband the other morning. Like: I want to do something completely different, like learn an instrument.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Diane on 3rd March 2008

  • LOVED THIS! Thank you.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Nataly on 1st March 2008

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