Parenting 4 kids means it’s wonderful to see them discovering new things, learning new things all the time…..but life can feel a little flat or heavy as I feel overwhelmed with obligations, chores and being a good parent, partner, friend and family member. I keep thinking of what my mindfulness teacher Nique said a couple of times to me which was something like ‘Mindfulness has many aspects, including JOY…’ and although I have been more mindful, I haven’t easily rediscovered joy!
So on the weekend I pledged to try out some new things to see what makes my heart sing, what gets the joy flowing! Bravely my partner agreed to try out a 1950’s rock and roll dance class. We were completely intimidated as we walked into the senior citizens hall and realised we were the youngest there by at least 20 years and the least experienced dancers there….
We got started and had so much FUN, I couldn’t stop grinning the whole time! It was so good to be a total beginner again, laughing at mistakes, my mind FULLY focussed on the next step, and there was something amazing about dancing briefly with lots of people you have never met before….everyone feeling joy and oozing happiness! It was a complete energy change from feeling tired after a long day at work. I loved it and the buzz continued into the next day….and I am still grinning at the thought of it!
So it’s lovely to feel my heart sing again, and I am all ready for the next class. I really feel perhaps my generation missed out by not experiencing the joy of those couple dances my parents & grandparents always went to. Maybe we could bring it back for our kids?
I’m on the hunt for other new things to try too, any suggestions?