trying new things
there’s no delicate way to avoid being laughed at for this, so i’ll just come out with it: i’m taking ballet lessons. i started in january, at the request of anne’s ballet teacher. anne’s been struggling to stay focused in class for a little while, and i was “strongly encouraged” to join in the class with her.
if you know me, then you know that i’m the most tom-boyish, awkward, clumsy, and uncoordinated human in the world. it’s okay if you’re laughing at the idea of my dancing– i certainly laughed for days at the idea of joining the class! i laughed for days, i brainstormed ways to say “no”, i laughed some more, and then i said “yes”.
also this winter, i finally said “yes” to skiing with my friend krista, who has been inviting us to join her for years. we’ve always had something else happening on fridays, but this year the calendar finally supported the homeschool skiing lessons schedule. i’ve tried skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice climbing, and various other winter sports. and although they are a lot of fun, my lack of coordination means that i am good at none of them.
if you were to ask me what i fear the most in this life, i would answer “regret”. so as much as i had every confidence that i would embarass myself in ballet class, and bounce down the ski hills, i HAD to say yes.
and now, as ski lessons give way to spring, and ballet transitions into recital preparation; i can say that i’m so glad that i didn’t say “no” to either of these activities. i want to be the sort of person who always challenges herself, is always learning, and one who faces intimidation and fears.
a year ago, my friend liz and i confronted our fears of “the man section” at the gym, and decided to pursue weight-lifting. we refused to be intimidated by unfamiliar machines and our own inexperience. familiarity and experience came quickly.
i want to encourage you, reader, to try new things. i want for you to feel intimidation, and the accompanying pride when you overcome. suprise yourself, and maybe you will inspire others in the process. as my husband has wisely said to me too many times: don’t let fear run your life. not great to hear when i’m standing on the kitchen counter screaming that i saw a mouse, but great life advice nonetheless.
so, what will you say yes to?
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