My blog is mostly supposed to be about adventures in the outdoors. So this post is a little off topic. But stick with me, we’ll come full circle I promise.
While I received the amazing book Born to Run, my wife was given a book of poems Hard times require furious dancing (a present from Ginny and Enge, my sister and brother-in-law). It’s also on my list of things to read. As a big Roger McGough fan, I’ve often found myself listening to Poetry Please, while crying over an onion of a Sunday afternoon.
The book title reminded me of why it is we dance… To feel good. To get into a rhythm. To be at one with ourselves, almost trance-like, lost in a moment. Happy.
Can you remember the last time you danced? For me it’s been a while, but watching a show on telly on Saturday night (I won’t mention its name), I caught my son giving it freestyle. Shoulders, legs, twirls – he’s a natural. And we all are, sometimes we just forget, or are too self-conscious to let our hair down.
And that’s a sad thing because dancing, like running and just about any other outdoor activity, will make you happy. It can’t help but make you happy! We’re hard-wired to have fun.
So when the sun goes down & maybe you haven’t had a chance to get outside, why not close the curtains, open a bottle of something nice, fire up some music and engage in the most effective full body work out of all time. If you have a willing co-conspirator, all the better.
Personally, I leave the curtains open.