Today was a new day and another day to celebrate Rion’s tenth birthday. We celebrated with Rion’s school friends and Brad and I took them to a local hotel for a fun slumber party. They had dinner, went for a swim, had their nails done by Judy the Esthetician, watched the movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, ordered in room service pizza, and sang, danced, and laughed until the early morning hours. We had adjoining rooms and when the girls got settled in for the night I lied in bed listening and smiling as they danced, sang, and laughed the night away. And it was there I learned what I needed for day nineteen of my journey; to dance like nobody’s watching.
It is so easy to get wrapped up in all of the “stuff” in life and it is even easier to forget to stop and have fun. The girls laughter and enthusiasm was truly infectious and I couldn’t help but forget all of the stuff that comes along with my own life. I laughed just as hard as everyone else and had a wonderful time with Brad and all ten of the children we had with us. We all danced like nobody was watching and I thought Vicki Baum’s quote could rightfully be amended to, “There are shortcuts to healing and dancing is one of them!” For a fleeting moment, I was able to escape my own world and join the shared reality of everyone else in the room — what a great feeling that was.
Day Nineteen: Dance like nobody is watching.