I'm proud to announce all students survived the tornadoes and we live to die another day!
So without further ado, here is the post for "dance".
I was talking to a good friend of mine the other day about previous relationships and how we were raised. I always enjoy talking to this friend because we come from different backgrounds and our ideas on how relationships should work are fairly different. Where I keep my heart on my sleeve and fall head over heels for any girl that cross my path, my friend is a bit more reserved and it takes them a longer time to strike up a conversation.
So here is my side of this discussion.
When I was younger, I loved middle school and high school dances. Although I would never say I am a good dancer by any stretch of the imagination, I always enjoyed it when the DJ took the music and lights down and played a soft song that you could slow dance to with a special someone. At an early age, I developed a philosophy which I still hold onto today. When I find myself single at parties like this, I scope out the room and try to find a girl who is sitting by herself and ask her to dance. It doesn't matter if I know her well or even at all, but I always believed there was a possibility of making her night into something more spectacular. I know this might sound very egotistical. By no means am I saying I would turn her world upside-down or anything like that, simply that many people have a secret desire to be asked to dance. Looking back at a party, I would much rather remember having a partner to dance with than sitting by myself and watching others on the floor.
While telling my friend this story, they were surprised that I do this and told me they would not feel comfortable asking a girl to dance that they didn't even know. I then explained that sometimes some of your best memories will happen if you put in a little risk. It's all about weighing out the outcomes. The way I was taught and how I see the situation is that you can ask someone to dance and they have one of two options. The first option is to say "yes" and then you are good to go. The other option is if they were to say no. Although it isn't the most fun thing to hear, you now have permission to move onto someone else and you won't go the rest of your life with regrets or questions about "what if". I feel like a lot of people go through life asking what if.
All the Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
Layin' in the sun,
Talkin' bout the things
They woulda-coulda-shoulda done...
But those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
All ran away and hid
From one little did.
Some people are so afraid to dance that they never even enter the dance floor in the first place. The picture and poem above are some of my favorite quotes representing this philosophy. Call me old fashion, but Mark Twain and Shel Silverstein will always be my champions for this theory before the student yelling "YOLO" down the hall, but what do I know? ;)
So are you going to travel away from safe harbors? Are you going to dance?