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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...
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Enchanted ivy-covered castle-like walls beckon to the imagination in the quaint real-life village nestled in the hills above Santa Barbara.
My high-flying adventure had to be post-poned due to Santa Ana winds so instead I brought my dad to Solvang for an afternoon of browsing through antique stores (the highest single item price I saw was $64,000!!) and visiting the Hans Christian Anderson Museum. We topped off our afternoon with samplings of many different kinds of Brats, and a couple of beers.
On our way out of town I took a ten minute detour to find the miniature horses. It was closed, but I still managed to snap a photo with something in it for perspective:
There's a four-wheeler in the background so you can see how tiny these horses are. I know a Great Dane that is bigger than these horses...
Anyway, perhaps it wasn't an adrenaline pumping thrill-seeking kind of day like hang gliding would have been, but it was a fun day nonetheless.