I started off 2016 with a resolution to say Yes more than No to invitations offering new experiences and challenges. Sometimes you can do things that are totally out of character for you just because someone asked and without a lot of consequential hemming and hawing you said yes. Months ago, I noticed a blurb in our church bulletin mentioning that one of our members was starting a praise dance troupe and inviting people to join. I love many genres of music, am happy watching any form of creative dance, and especially enjoy praise dance as it is a joyous offering for the Lord and not a competition. I wished her luck but it didn’t mean anything special to me because let’s face it, I’m in a wheelchair.
An exchange of pleasantries with Willi, the dance leader, one Sunday morning led to her spontaneous invitation for me to come and see if I would be interested in participating. For weeks I felt like the kindergartener who was always turning the wrong way and waving to parents in the audience. But it felt good to be part of this group of lovely and vital women. And seeing that I had joined encouraged another woman using a wheelchair to also join our troupe so we had a matched set so to speak. The applause we received at the end of our debut performance was spontaneous and heart-felt, and the positive comments reaffirmed my decision. View here https://youtu.be/vXfkgGbQkmg Hearing that the wheelchairs performers added a new visual dimension made my day and I hope our participation will inspire other mobility challenged dancers.
Don’t decide that something isn’t for you because you’ve never done it before. It's easy to shut down and avoid participation in anything not necessary for day to day survival when you are grieving the loss of your love but know how proud your loved ones are of you from the next side. And how much they want you to succeed by moving forward with your life. Practice saying Yes. Twirl with the best of them and at the end of the day know you gave it a shot. You stepped out of your comfort zone and you took a risk. Remember, your delivery doesn’t have to be perfect, it just needs to be accomplished.