Dancing Queen

For me dance is fun. I like to do it as often as possible and pretty much anywhere (and everywhere) that I can do it. Dance Club? Check. Bedroom? Check. The park? Check. The grocery store? Check. Some people reserve their grooves for special occasions like weddings and bar mitzvahs. While that is awesome it's not really enough. Science shows that movement and music release dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter controlling the pleasure center, you know... why we are all horny teenagers and we love looking at babies and such? Dopamine is also associated with staving off the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and some hormonal stuff too. 

I know some people find dance excruciating. Not everyone is a "dancer". They don't know what they are doing. They don't want to look foolish. They don't want people to think less of them. They don't want the judgment that might be associated with their funky moves. I'm going to tell you something that is going to disappoint you.  All that judgment is completely internal. Whatever the conversation is that is telling you not to like to dance it's all on you. Sure, people might be have once told you that you're goofy and if you heard it once and you repeat it over and over, you believe it. 

Here are the facts. You don't have to be perfect or professional. You don't have to know "the right way" to do something. You just have to listen to the music and move your body. It's as simple as that. You're not competing for a bizarre "Dancing with The Stars" trophy. The way you win at life is to let go of the control you have and really just feel your way through it. Start with a foot or finger tap. Bob your head back and forth. Move your shoulders. Sway your hips. Lift your arms over your head and throw them from side to side. Interpretive dancing makes me laugh (hard) but sometimes when I'm alone for no one to see I do it in my home - just for kicks.  

That leads me to this: I don't care if you wait for everyone to leave your house, pull the shades down and dance in the dark. Dance. Let go of the tightness you're holding in your body. Move. It's the best thing you can do for yourself, daily, and it doesn't cost a thing. You have one body so you best make the better of it.