Dance Dance Dance!
Week 22 of 'The Great Wake Up!'
This was my kind of experiment - dancing for ten minutes each day as if no one was watching sounded like a whole heap of fun!
Despite my love of dancing, I usually have to be dragged onto the dance floor by a well-meaning friend or relative. It usually starts off as what I can only describe as an awkward shuffle. My feet move slowly from side to side, my arms are bent rigidly, and my shoulders go up and down, up and down, up and down to the beat of the music.
The feeling of self-consciousness is usually...well, extremely strong.
As I dance I'm unsure where to look, trying to avoid eye contact with anyone else and instead staring straight past people's heads. I suddenly find the wall the most fascinating thing in the world.
But it doesn't take long before confidence gradually creeps up on me and I find myself loosening up and beginning to resemble something that could be called dancing.
I love music too - I often find myself getting completely lost in a tune. There is something about music that I find both calming and joyful at the same time.
So I loved the idea of putting on my favourite piece of music, turning the volume right up and moving to the beat of the song, knowing that no one was watching, and no one judging me. And it felt extremely liberating. Gone was the shyness, the awkwardness and the self-consciousness. That all went out of the window and instead I was able to throw myself into the rhythm and just move. I let my body go with the flow, and at one point I even found myself playing the air guitar.
So for me this was a fabulous experiment. It really helped me let go of my inhibitions and be in the moment - just me and the music. And even though my moves weren't great, the two still felt like they were in perfect harmony.