- What makes your soul dance?
- What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
- Which passions and hobbies are you neglecting?
- When was your last adventure?
When I think of dance I think of creative self-expression, ecstatic release and freedom from the worries of the world. I think of passion-filled movement inspired from the most vulnerable parts of ourselves, and where the body meets the soul. We're all born to dance. Just watch any child's natural response to music. But eventually our freedom of expression becomes stifled by fear and inhibition. Creativity is often hindered by what's considered proper dance technique. We limit ourselves to doing other people's choreography; manifesting their vision rather than creating our own. Or we become the wallflower, quietly watching from the sidelines.
As a trained dancer, it's taken me a long time to learn how to "freestyle"; to turn on the music, trust my natural impulses, break "the rules" and just dance. I still struggle to find beauty in the inevitable awkward moments when nothing seems to flow, rather than judging my entire experience by those "missteps" and quitting altogether. It takes a lot to convince myself that my own organic movement, artistic voice and unique style are as equally valuable as someone else's. But in those moments when I finally surrender to the music; when my inner world gets quiet and the outside world disappears, I experience what it feels like to be completely at one with my soul. And there's nothing more liberating than dancing like no one is watching.
I experience a similar learning curve when daring to create a life that makes my soul dance. For years I ignored my natural impulses and followed the formula for guaranteed applause. I settled for external validation rather than trusting my inner voice, no matter how loudly it screamed my wants, needs and desires. I was afraid to trust my own choices because they were so different from the ones I was raised with. And to break the rules and do something different meant total vulnerability and the risk of an embarrassing failure. But I'm constantly reminded that we were actually born to freestyle; in dance and in life. It's our birthright to crank up the music and explore all sides of ourselves. The wild, passionate and adventurous side that seizes each moment with ravenous hunger. The introspective, curious and sensual side that takes her time to savor them. And even the hesitant, impulsive and frenetic side that falls clumsily and makes it part of the dance.
Indie Girl Diary: writing prompt
My inner voice is inspiring me to: