If there's one thing in the world that causes me to break out into a cold sweat, that thing is dancing. I've never been to a school dance and really never had any opportunity to just dance.
I've always loved to sing and hoped that maybe, just maybe, I had gained some rhythm from my eclectic taste in music. Ever since I started to drive, 21 years ago, I've been a dedicated singer....in my car...when no one else is looking. I have sung the greatest duets with Whitney and Billy Joel. I've been a featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tab and honestly, I should have been offered the role of Christine in Phantom of the Opera. I can hit every note precisely!
I've tried to dance and am proud to say that The Cupid Shuffle is my jam at every wedding I've attended! In December I went dancing with friends and they were gracious enough to try and teach me but when they walked away, the couch off to the side needed my attention and support.
There's a plaque in my home that says, 'I believe in practicing courage every single day.' That means TODAY. I want that to be true of my character. I want to be a courageous woman. I have been courage in the past and I want to continue with that habit now and deep into the future.
I want the woman who crossed Eastern European borders while communicating in a second language to be the woman who pours deeply into Harlem's children and youth and to trust relentlessly in the strength of the Lord my God.
I want the woman who packed it all up to live in a foreign country to be the woman who unpacks it all with her gifts to tell the stories of the people she meets through the lens of her camera.
I want the woman who drove 100,000 miles with no GPS across 13 European countries to be the woman who navigates her way through new opportunities and doors yet to be knocked on.
I will trust. I will hope. I will move. I will go.
And so I went. Tonight I went to The Ailey Extension. There were other people there too. A lot of them. The other 45 people in the room were fully coordinated on the stretching warmup exercises. I knew I was in for a long night for a class that wasn't quite as 'beginner' as I thought. I had a pit in my stomach but I set out to practice courage. Every day and that means TODAY!
TODAY, that courage was getting of the couch in the corner and getting up to DANCE.