Tapping Into My Dreams
This past week, I was presented with the question, "When did you stop dreaming?" It hit me hard because I couldn't remember when I stopped, but I remembered my last big dream as a child. And in the past few months, it's constantly come up in my mind.
I often think of all the things I'd like to do when I have time. Particularly, activities that I loved as a child: drawing, painting, cooking, and dancing. Back in the day, Young Cher dreamed of being a tap dancer, inspired by the one and only Savion Glover. At 5 years old, I used to tap around in the kitchen with my black Mary Janes, trying to become Savion. There was something about making noise, and feeling free that drew me to it. I didn't end up taking an actual tap class until I was 17 and the last time I was in a class was 6 or 7 years ago. Somewhere along the line, other things took priority and my tap dancing dreams were pushed aside. But I know that the dream has always remained on my heart.
In a session with my therapist a few weeks ago, she challenged me to take a dance class before our next meeting. I kid you not, right when she asked me, I had the biggest smile on my face! Someone was telling me, essentially asking me, to go to dance and it LIT ME UP! I didn't even do anything yet, but I could already feel the joy and happiness that came with the idea of dancing again. So I happily agreed to it, and let me tell you, God gave me the space and time to take an intro tap class yesterday. Things fell into place and I was able to lace up some tap shoes and struggle through some shuffles and flaps with a few other adults. It was hard, it was challenging, I was sweating the whole time, but I LOVED it! I could be loud, make mistakes, and move freely. I haven't felt such happiness since I ordered a dozen Dipped Doughnuts and had them delivered to my office last year (100% true). It was exactly what I needed this week and in that moment.
Where am I going with this? Well, I'm wondering if there is a childhood dream that you have brushed aside, that has been coming to mind? In my one day dance experience, that dream is probably still alive in you! And if you take a step towards it, it could bring a feeling of fulfillment and joy, for you and for the young you who is still hoping for a chance at it. For me, allowing myself to be open to that dream again, has helped me find healing in another part of my life. And I truly believe that healing should also bring you joy - you need to see it, feel it, and embrace it when it comes. I hope you have an opportunity to do something that lights you up and brings a smile on your face. Take a moment for the young you, check in on that dream you've been holding onto, it's in you. Give yourself some space to explore it, you never know what can happen!
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