How often have we said, “I wish I’d done that when I was younger.” I know I’ve said it many times. Years ago I started a bucket list of all the things I wished I’d done in my youth.
Well, as I’m not likely to get any younger I thought it was about time I started doing some more of those things on the list.
When the physio suggested I try ballet I didn’t need telling twice.
I have been attending ballroom classes for over ten years. For six of those I had a partner for Argentine tango that wasn’t my husband. We jokingly called him my ‘Monday Man’. When Monday Man decided that he wasn’t being taught enough new steps to keep his interest, he stopped the lessons. This was a huge blow to me. There was no one else to partner me. We’d become a team and with all the years of dancing together we synchronised perfectly. The lessons after that became forty-five minutes of standing around and maybe the rest of the time dancing a quick sequence of steps with the teacher or another student.
Ballet for adult beginners was only half an hours drive away, and I was happy to discover that I wasn’t the oldest there, and more importantly, I could keep up with the youngest dancers.
I love it, and wished I’d discovered it sooner. A month ago one of the girls suggested I join the beginners Tap dancing classes, something I had never considered. Again, it had been something I’d wanted to do as a child, but in my youth, unless your parents were rich you had to choose just one hobby activity. I chose brownies, because you got to do badges and crafts.
I bought the tap shoes convinced that they’d end up at the back of the cupboard after the first class. I was pleasantly surprised. Not only did I manage to catch on to the shuffle/ hop steps, I even got praise from the teacher. I may be old enough to be parent to each of them, but every week I have matched them step for step.
The result is, I have dance classes to look forward to that don’t require a partner. I feel fitter than before and have realised that you are never too old to try.
If you are thinking of trying a new activity, one you wished you’d done years ago, then just do it. If you don’t like it move on… but you’ll never know if it’s for you or not until you try.
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