October 25, 2013

Break the Mold: Be Free. {Video}

Why not be brilliant, even if it means upstaging others?

Why not be truthful in our expressions, taking risk with complete surrender, just like this little girl at her tap dance recital?

She embellishes the choreography, makes it her own—we can see the joy in her movements.

We can appreciate the hard work and precision of the girls standing near her. How focused they were at executing their dance, and even when things might’ve gotten distracting for them the other little girl to her right, stayed completely focused, on point, even angelic in her appearance, doing what any dance teacher would love to see, a dancer performing exactly what they’ve been taught, to ones best ability.

We can choose to do our best, we can even be perfect at it, take in what we learn, do it brilliantly; or we can opt out of what we are “supposed to do,” and break the mold.

I speak as a former dancer; majoring in dance in college, I did everything as taught, as perfect to my ability. As I look back, I wish I had had more fun with it. I wish I had been less concerned with being perfect and more concerned with having finding the joy in what I was doing.

Not everyone can be a perfect dancer, but we can be perfect at being ourselves.

Let’s move through life being both brilliant and breaking our molds—living as our most authentic selves, free as we’re meant to be—with every step of the way; or rather in this case, with every shuffle ball change.

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Ed: Sara Crolick

{video used with permission; all rights reserved to Randall Burns}

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