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The Double Meaning behind the blog title 'Dream Follower:'
First, for 14 years I was a ballroom & social dance instructor, and have studied both leading and following. I feel that learning to follow is full of nuance and is often misunderstood. I made it one of my personal goals to become a really excellent follow on the dance floor, and will probably talk a lot about the art of following - both in and out of the context of dance.

Second, I am a huge fan of author Michael Ende, probably best known for The Neverending Story. The book is incredible, and the first film captured some of the essence. (Please don't watch the other two films...I urge you to read the book though!) Anyway, at least twice in my life I have been caught in a storm of my own indecision, and my inner Moon Princess yelled to my inner Bastian...'Why don't you do what you dream?' I tear up even now as I write this little blurb. The tension between being practical, keeping my feet on the ground and my head out of the clouds (at the risk of compromising my inner vibrancy, true self, and who knows what else)...and reaching for my true dreams (at the risk of losing everything) is still a very real struggle. In fact, one of those struggles lead to my 14 years of teaching dance, so we can see which voice won the battle that fateful day when I was staring at the want-ad...

And so I strive to be two kinds of Dream Followers in my life. One has to do with connecting with others, and the other has to do with connecting with my inner Moon Princess and the world of possibility that opens when I do...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Controlled Chaos

Excitement rises, nerves stretched tight. The unexpected is her game. She holds the light, remains calm, the storm is rising and she remains the eye of it. Tempers flare, feelings hurt, being responsive to the moment. She observes someone blink too long, someone hold their breath. She observes nuances in expressions, facial, postural, inflection in voice. The boat is always rocking, and she does her utmost to rebalance. One person is getting a bit pretentious, and she reminds them of a recent mistake. Another person is down on themselves, and she focuses their attention on just how far they've come. Someone is stressing out about something they can't control so she tries to make them laugh. She looks for instability, and does what she can to rebalance. Someone in need, someone who can provide. Just as unpredictable as can be, she makes an art of letting go daily. Much like the activity of following on the dance floor, she is in a state of readiness. Trying to remain unattached to the method and sometimes unattached to the outcome, she swerves, ducks, dodges and avoids danger/judgment/offense. Because she is a dancer...

4 comments:

  1. You need a "like" button for when I don't have time to comment.

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    1. I found something called "reactions" which might do the trick. Are there too many? Always grateful for feedback :)

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    2. Reactions could do the trick... turn it on and see what it does.

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    3. Is it not on? It's not visible on the mobile version, but it is available on the web version as far as I know. No idea how to make it available on the mobile version :-/

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