For week 22 our challenge for the Great Wake Up was to dance like no one was watching (or, in my case, literally with no one watching...)
OH MY GOD, THAT WAS AMAZING!!!! All these months I’ve been earnestly communing with nature, being gentle with myself, channelling love and good karma and eating my greens – and it turns out all I needed was a good boogie!
(And I’ll let you in on a little secret… It turns out that dancing is like going for a pee at a party – once you break the seal you can’t stop!)
So, the soundtrack to my week.
Things started slowly on day one – I enlisted my best friend to join me in a little kitchen disco but, despite her willing compliance, my feet stayed pretty firmly rooted. I wondered if it had been too long. I wondered if I’d forgotten how to dance. But, no, it turned out I just needed cheesier music! Cue the Banana Boat Song (and not the original Henry Belafonte, the Beetlejuice version in all its YouTube glory where a bunch of stiffs dance against their will) and I was off. Google it – I dare you not to dance (and sing along)!
Day two, I decided to remove any possibility of shyness, so it was alone with my iPod (the cheesiness of which makes Stinking Bishop seem mild…) What flipped my boogie switch? Something a bit harder – “Black Betty” by Ram Jam – and I was off! An hour later I eased back down to the tune of “Mack the Knife” with a massive grin on my face. And, interestingly, a new workout tracked in my fitbit – fun and virtuous!
Day three, and the fondue continues… Today it was “It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls (I hope you’re enjoying the playlist as much as I did!) Time to ‘fess up – I have an iPod chock full of this stuff, and before I turned virtuous with my contemplative sunrise walks in January I used to roll out of bed for a boogie on my treadmill (always while my husband was in the shower to protect the innocent, of course). I’m so glad to have this challenge to reconnect me with how much I love music and dancing!
Day four, and what better song to mark a reconnection with my, shall we say, less spiritual side than “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks – all about the many sides of a woman. Which is what I think I’d forgotten on my path to enlightenment, that sometimes you just need to let your hair down and be silly! Still not sure when I’ll take it out in public, but welcome back to my life, dancing!
p.s. A big thank you to the randomiser gods of my iPod, who provided the inspiration for the week! The random gifts of cheese were as important as the dancing itself!