Motherhood

Okay, Let’s Dance.

Well, hello, 2014. I guess someone (me) decided to show up to blog today. I have no excuse except that I only blog when I have something to say, so here I am.

Anyway…

Kennedy has gotten into this phase where she’ll be watching one of her favorite TV shows and in the middle of it, when a song plays, she’ll exclaim, “Okay, let’s dance.” She’ll then stand up and dance her little heart out.

A perfect example:

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This is something new but extremely precious to me. Her dance moves are not only hilarious, but she is full of life and her face is lit up. She completely lets go and moves without abandon.

The other day, I intently watched her as she did this. There was not a care on this child’s face. Her life and innocence made her joy just exude out of her. I then begun to think about how difficult it is for teenagers and adults to do something as simple as to let go and dance like no one is watching.

There’s something about letting go that makes us clam up. Maybe it’s the fear of looking stupid or being judged by others. We think that by letting go it makes us more vulnerable or weak.

You see, vulnerability is a good thing. At least I’d like to think so. Being vulnerable and sensitive helps you appreciate life so much more.

I tend to think I am a pretty open person. As a theatre director, I am always striving for my student actors to let go. One common thing I am always telling them in rehearsal is, “Stop being in your head so much in that scene. Let go and live in the moment.” It’s second nature for me to be able to recognize when an actor isn’t truly living in the moment onstage and to try and help him/her get to that sweet spot of vulnerability.

However, there are many times where I find it hard to open up myself, let alone drop everything I’m doing to do something as simple as dance. I’m caught up in my head, just like those teenage actors, and dropping everything to dance without abandon is just what I need in my life.

It’s absolutely amazing to me how a tiny, innocent two-year-old could open my eyes to something so profound. Children teach us so much about the world and ourselves. I’m left asking myself, “When was the last time I dropped everything and said ‘Okay, let’s dance.’?” I don’t even know.

As 2014 has begun, I haven’t really thought much of resolutions, phrases, or buzz words to live by this year. I think I’m just going to join Kennedy in her dance breaks. I’m going to drop everything, say “Okay, let’s dance,” and dance without abandon.

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And look like a fool while doing it. And be okay with it. And pin the printable graphic I made. And admit my transparency of making a graphic aimed to be Pinterest-y.

Okay, let’s dance.

17 Comments

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    Myra
    January 10, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Loveeee this! I’m totally joining the Okay, let’s dance team 🙂

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    julie
    January 10, 2014 at 7:51 am

    YES! Such a good idea to be free and live in the moment. Plus Kennedy’s dance moves are all kinds of amazing!

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    Pristine
    January 10, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Oh my gosh! What an adorable video!

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    Emily Humphries
    January 10, 2014 at 8:05 am

    So cute!

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    Michele Jacobs (Mimi)
    January 10, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Precious! Kennedy has taught me to dance as well! I love how she enjoys dancing!!! Well written!! XO

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    Megan @ All That Glitters
    January 10, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Awww I love when little ones dance. My niece is at that age right now too…and when a song comes on she busts a move. It’s hilarious!

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    Patti
    January 10, 2014 at 9:00 am

    I’m a big believer in dance, especially the Happy Dance!

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    Sarah @ How My World Runs
    January 10, 2014 at 9:20 am

    What a great reminder! My “baby” is 12 and sometimes it seems we rush around too much.

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    Cassie @ Live.Laugh.L0ve.
    January 10, 2014 at 9:24 am

    i LOVE this!! I’ve always said that adults can learn so much from kids and it’s so true. I love your phrase and I can’t wait to see how it shapes 2014! I think we could all dance a little more! Have a wonderful weekend.

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    Neely
    January 10, 2014 at 9:54 am

    My Kennedy love just grows everyday

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    Bre
    January 10, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Yes! Yay for dancing toddlers. Sometimes Addy won’t sit down to eat because she is busy dancing.

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    ashleigh
    January 10, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    i just love this..all of it

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    Leslie
    January 11, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    How precious is she!! Oh my goodness so adorable, I just love happy silly kiddo’s.

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    Heather
    January 13, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Those are some serious dance moves! Our littles need to have a dance party!

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    Kate
    January 13, 2014 at 10:04 am

    I work with kids who often do things like this and as crazy as it sounds, it helps me out my life into perspective a little bit! And of course, let’s me crazy dance around the living room ;).

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    Darby Hawley
    January 14, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    I absolutely love this! I love that she can demonstrate so innocently how we all should be. Thank you Miss k!

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    Stephanie
    January 15, 2014 at 9:15 am

    LOVE and SO doing this!!! Like…TOMORROW?!

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