“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch
On Friday night, I went on a date to a country music club.
Yep, you read that right.
A nightclub that plays country music. Think square dancing and cowboy hats.
Now I love to dance, but I’m actually NOT a fan of country music in general, let alone voluntarily listening to it for an entire night. But I AM a fan of new experiences, so I put on my jeans and my heels and went out with an open mind.
(Plus, my date was really cute.)
Turns out, my date was also a country music lover and expert line dancer. I was definitely out of my element. I stood near the bar sipping my bourbon and coke, hoping he didn’t get the urge to join the other couples on the dance floor.
After a while, he looks at me with a boyish grin and asks the question I had been dreading.
“Would you like to dance?”
No, I would not. I would much rather sit here and nurse my drink all night long instead of making a fool of myself in this club.
He stretches out his hand. His face is an open invitation. And his smile just won’t quit.
Okay. Fine. Let’s do this.
I grab his outstretched hand as he leads me through the crowded club onto the tiny dance floor.
It feels like everyone is staring at us. It could be because I clearly have no idea what I’m doing. Or it could be because we are black. Maybe both. I can’t really tell.
Anyway, a couple minutes into the song (or songs…they all sounded the same to me!), I feel my body relax and decide to let my date lead. I follow his movements and even manage a few decent twirls. Mostly though, I just try not to step on his toes or bump into the other people two-stepping around us.
A few songs later, I’m getting into a groove. The looky-loos surrounding the dance floor disappear for a while and it’s just the guitar, two sets of swiveling hips and a whole lot of laughter.
And you know what? Once I let go of my need to do it “right,” it was actually FUN!
What I learned on Friday, in a room full of country tunes and cowboy boots, is that even with a simple social activity like dancing, it can feel difficult and uncomfortable if you’ve never done it before.
(I’m a textbook Capricorn, after all – with a little bit of “control freak” and “perfectionist” thrown in for good measure.)
More importantly, I realized that it’s much easier to try something new when you have someone to guide you and hold your hand.
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