You’ve got to sing like you don’t need the money
Love like you’ll never get hurt
You’ve got to dance like nobody’s watchin’
It’s gotta come from the heart if you want it to work.
About a month ago, we went to Nuevo Progreso, MX on a Sunday Funday for the usual rendezvous: pedicures, lonches, and drinks. After a long day in the heat & lots of walking, it was so refreshing to sit in an air-conditioned, dark bar. This specific bar had a small dance floor and was playing some familiar music. So we drank a few drinks, met up with some new people, and just enjoyed the afternoon.
And then it happened, the song “Wobble” by V.I.C. came on. Y’all, that is my jam! And I can get down to that song, if I do say so myself. Now, I am usually more conservative and don’t really like to dance with a rather empty dance floor, but well, I made an exception that day. I got that dance floor with another friend and just went for it. And man, it was awesome! I didn’t have a care in the world, and I simply went out there and enjoyed myself. And after nearly 5 minutes of tearing up the dance floor, the song ended. I stopped, gathered every breath of air I could, then suddenly, the ENTIRE FREAKING BAR burst out into applause. And I was immediately flustered! Me… I did that. I caused a bar of strangers to erupt into applause & cheering. How?! People were complimenting me, telling me how awesome it was that I was so confident, so brave. “I would never be that lively in front of strangers,” one lady told me, giggling. It really made me feel incredible.
So after that experience, I felt so confident. I honestly felt like nothing could bring me down from that. Then I thought, why haven’t I always approached new situations with that same confidence? Hell, it felt great to be confident, and it even made me wanna do it better and livelier because of that mini-boost of certainty in myself. I subsequently decided to stop doing things so half-assed and just put my all into everything I do. I no longer hesitate to push myself harder at the gym or take on new tasks at work. I’ve even cleaned my extremely messy room, rearranged furniture and put up new wall decor. I’ve made my life about reinventing myself. I want to be a better me because, let’s face it, I’m pretty great, but I could always be greater.
And that’s the attitude we should always have when tackling new or nerve-wrecking situations. Approach these with confidence, and we cannot fail. We may succeed, we may learn new lessons, but we will never fail. And so long as we take on challenges for ourselves and only ourselves, we will always have that satisfaction that we are doing it for us and our wellbeing, no one else’s. Maybe you wanna try a 5K, but you’re worried about finishing last? Who cares, at least you conquered your goal of finishing! Or maybe you wanna wear shorts because it’s super hot outside, but you’re worried what people might say about your legs. So what?! It’s hot! Work that body, who cares what anyone has to say about you. At least you’re not suffering heat exhaustion, right?-
Live your life for you & you alone. Do not entertain other’s criticisms of your actions. We are all fighting our own battles that others may or may not know, so it’s best to be kind to everyone. Believe me, if I listened to all the naysayers in my life, I don’t think I would have made it this far to even tell my story to all of you wonderful people. Sharing my journey gives me an opportunity to give back to those who have given to me. It allows me to share my love and motivation for my own life, and who knows, maybe I’ll touch even one of my readers’ lives. And that, my dear friends, would be a success in my book.
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