Embrace the Insanity

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“There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good.”
~Edwin Denby

So, you’re self-conscious? You “don’t know how” to dance? You feel awkward?

Join the club.

I’ve often been accused of spending too much time in my head, over-thinking things and not acting enough. I highly doubt I’m alone. It’s tough to come out of our shells, isn’t it? Tough to overcome that shyness or just go ahead and try something without worrying how we’ll look.

There’s a saying, I think, about the definition of bravery is being afraid of something but doing it anyway.

Perhaps, for us thinking types, we can think our way to a door. A door that leads to a dance floor.

So, what can you gain by dancing, regardless of training?

  • A natural high! Dance enough that your heart rate raises and you’re exercising in a fun way. Keep it up and you release endorphins in your brain which make you happy, like you can take on the world–or just keep on dancing.
  • Health benefits. Depending on what type of dance you’re doing, you can reap the benefits in ways from lowering your blood pressure to strengthening your bones to weight loss.
  • Community. Dancing can be done in private, sure, but getting out and taking a class or going to a club gets you living life in public, meeting new people and enjoying the social aspects of the activity.

And just think: on a busy dance floor you’re just another person enjoying the music!

11 thoughts on “Embrace the Insanity

  1. I love it! I listen to music while I clean the house, and sometimes I want to dance, but am too shy, because I don’t want my hubby or dad-in-law to laugh. But tomorrow, I am throwing caution to the wind and dance!!!

    Stopped by from SITS!

  2. This was great advice : )
    I never really get to dance!
    You are so right though, everyone is worried about they look and they don’t really care how other people look!

  3. Have no idea how to dance but I agree with the list totally! Though I do like to get my ultra scary groove thing on when a song I really like comes on!

    1. I do what I call spastic dancing from time to time–when I’m sure no one is around. Gets the heart rate up and releases enough endorphins to make me happy and productive for a few hours–it’s great!

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