I Hope You Dance

The metaphor I am about to present may be a little farfetched, but I ask that you stay with me and hopefully grasp a few points from it. Many of us have heard “everything I needed to know I learned in a shopping mall” or something similar to that. Well, the experience I just had would be “everything I needed to know I learned in the bath tub”, so stay with me, let me explain.

The Literal. I ran a bubble bath to relieve some stress, lit some candles, got my playlist together. I let the water run on really hot because I knew I would take a while getting the perfect playlist together and figured the water would cool down by the time I was ready. When I was finally ready the water was really hot, but I kept putting my foot in every few seconds as if it would change or with the slight hope that maybe I could bare it. I was unsuccessful (lol). So I ran cold water and tried to mix it up. Fail #2. I ran the shower in ice cold water hoping it would even it out and left out for a little while. When I returned the water was still hot.

I had a choice, a few actually. I could hop in that tub and burn, I could wait it out and let it cool off, I could say forget the bath altogether, or I could pull the stopper out and let it get to half full and run some more cold water. I chose the latter which is probably the choice I feared most because the water was so hot. I left for maybe 2 minutes and came back and ALL the water was gone lol. Part of me said to forget the bath after all of this drama. Another part said run another, but the same thing could happen if I’m not monitoring what’s going on. Another part of me said run the bath but sit in the tub this time while the water runs so that you know it’s right. I chose the latter.

The Figurative. I know you’re probably thinking “this girl puts too much thought into her baths” lol and that is and isn’t the case. I thought about all of this once I finally relaxed (lol). Many times in life when it comes to routine things in life it seems as if it is embedded in us to do things the way they have always been done. In some ways it might feel as if things have to be done in that way, so much so subconsciously we may feel as if we have no choice, but we do. We always will have a choice, it may not always be preferable options, but still we have choice nonetheless.

As I sat there I thought. I could’ve quit and decided to just not take my bath considering all the drama I had to go through to get it right, but I was glad that I chose to figure something out because it was well needed and well worth it. Then I took it a little further as far as how I decided to change water temperatures. This is random but I have a point. If I’m already in the tub, I’m not getting up to change the temperature with my hands so I use my foot. I went further and thought, “you know, if I wanted to I could’ve worn a bathing suit in here or even my clothes. It would be strange but I could have if I wanted to”. There are plenty of things I could have brought into this scenario that didn’t make sense, but I could have done it if I wanted to.

“I hope you never lose your sense of wonder… you get your fill to eat, but always keep that hunger… may you never take one single breath for granted, God forbid love ever leave you empty handed… I hope you still feel small
when you stand by the ocean… whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens…”

“…promise me you’ll give faith a fighting chance and when you get the choice to sit it out or dance… I hope you dance… I hope you dance…”

What’s The Point? Many times in life we may subconsciously or consciously strip ourselves of the power we have over our own lives for various reasons. Also, many times we like to play the blame game as for why we are the way we are, but that can only go so far. At what point do we say, “yeah this or that influenced me, but that isn’t who I want to be anymore, so I won’t”? At what point do we do things that don’t make sense, but do them because we just simply had to and don’t feel the need to have to explain ourselves? Why do we fear being so misunderstood or criticism yet constantly audibly proclaim we don’t care what people think? Who says you have to live this way?

My point and encouragement to everyone and also myself is to follow what you’ve yearned for. Go after what keeps you up at night because you want it that bad. Sometimes you have to do things you don’t understand so how can you expect everyone to always understand? Why constantly feel as if you need them to understand you? Pursue your dreams. Embrace your mistakes. Acknowledge but do not be crippled by your failures. Appreciate those that support you. Refuse to think otherwise about your goals because of those who don’t. Cling to those who love you. Flee from those who mean you harm, but never hate them. Never be the cancer to your own passions. Be unconventional, influential, humble, extraordinary. I hope you dance.

“…I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance, never settle for the path of least resistance…”

“…living might mean taking chances, but they’re worth taking… lovin’ might be a mistake, but it’s worth making…”

“…don’t let some hell bent heart leave you bitter, when you come close to selling out… reconsider… give the heavens above more than just a passing glance and when you get the choice to sit it out or dance… I hope you dance…”

-Signed, For me givin’ up’s way harder than tryin’

“…I hope you dance…”

  1. Yeah, it’s good, very useful, thanks 🙂

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