Dance or Die

I promise to do the prompt1 for #blogtember at a later date. Right now, I’m not going to, and those reasons will be announced later on, when it is eventually posted. c:

I like the music up loud. I can feel the beat — the music. I don’t care much what that does to my ears, just as long as I can feel the music. If I can feel the music, then I can let it take over. And I can dance. Maybe this is why Footlose is an all-time favorite movie of mine.

People say that when you feel the music is when you really feel the meaning and learn to love it. I love it when I can feel it, and if it doesn’t have feeling when it’s turned up loud, then the lyrics have to mean something or it has to sound pretty.

I think this is why I love rock music and Britney Spears so much. I feel it, and I don’t always have to dance to it, but sometimes I can’t even help it.

Freshman year I took a dance class at Forney High School. A girl on the dance team twisted her ankle and did something to her leg that caused her to face the fact that she may never be able to dance again. I have knees that enjoy going out of place ever so often without notice or legitimate reason2 and carpal tunnel, but I still dance.

It made me wonder what I would do if I couldn’t dance anymore. I love it too much. Dancing for me is in line with blogging. I don’t know what I would do. As long as I could feel the music, I wouldn’t necessarily need my hearing. But if I lost dancing…

What would you do if something happened that prevented you from doing something you love to do ever again?

  1. “Describe a distinct moment when your life took a turn.”
  2. According to me, there is no reason for this shit.

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Kya’s gravatar

I am so glad that you have something that you really love, or two things actually, music and dance. Some things you can really escape into and can be there to you in so many different forms, tempos and moves. I think it’s also good to appreciate that you do love it so much and what you would do if it wasn’t there, because you can understand how important it is to you. So I am glad that you can. :*

Sara’s gravatar

I also love music and dancing. There’s nothing the freedom you get from moving to music. It’s like disappearing into a new place. I always think of the quote, “Dance like nobody’s watching.” Sometimes I pick a favorite dance song from YouTube and just dance around my office. It’s good exercise and I always feel better for doing it.

If I couldn’t continue to do something I loved to do, I would find something new to take it place. That’s the wonderful thing about having five senses. If I couldn’t hear music or move to it, I would make it into colors and let my eyes dance, instead:~)

Amanda’s gravatar

I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog today! I’m a dancer too and feel the same way. When I butt heads with people over what music we’re listening to, it’s generally because they are always “hanging out” in their brain and I’m dancing constantly. I guess you are too. 🙂 Wonderful post!

Stacy’s gravatar

I used to run track and cross country in high school, when I developed an inflammation problem in my knees, which caused intense, sharp, shooting pains. So, I had to quit. I was devastated. Add on top of that asthma that developed in college, and I’m really out of luck. However, I am getting back into running, even if for short distances. I missed having that time to just run, push myself, think, and clear my mind. Now, I’m taking it back by force… little by little!

Kimberly Turner’s gravatar

I think music is the one thing that people can hear, and change their mood in an instant! (okay, that and baby giggles) If something happened where I couldn’t do the one thing I loved… I would be determined to find a way… or redirect to something else that I love.

cindy b’s gravatar

This makes me want to dance! Been a long time and I agree, the music has got to be up and loud and have an awesome beat! Thanks for sharing! Calling up the girls now to see if I can get someone to go dancing with me this weekend! xo xo

Carli’s gravatar

The older I get, the more I love to dance. I used to hate dancing because I felt so self conscious. But now as I get older, I don’t care what people think of me and I actually found that I love to dance!

Molly’s gravatar

Hmmm, what if something happened that prevented me from doing what I love? Wow, that’s a pretty deep question, but I would like to think that I’d press through, and focus on what I still had and not what I no longer had. However, I know me, and for a while, if I lost something like my eyesight or mobility (and couldn’t dance:) I’d be totally depressed.
A friend of mine who what the most vibrant person I knew, great musician, dancer, etc suffered a spinal injury last year, and he’s been paralyzed ever since. It’s been heartbreaking seeing him not be able to do anything he used to do, but his strength and faith has pulled him through and I’ve seen him just keep an amazing attitude through it all. I sure hope I could do the same.
Nice post, it definitely makes me think and be thankful 🙂

Kristin’s gravatar

It’s good — no, it’s great — to have something that you feel that passionate about. Like you, I would find it extremely difficult if I could no longer do the thing that is so much a part of my identity, that is so much of who I am.

And, like you, I also like it when you can “feel” the music. My dancing is probably not worthy of being called dancing at all, but I enjoy it — in private, of course. 🙂

Jenn Alex Brockman’s gravatar

I was a dancer for the first half of my life but becuase of a car accident, I’ve spent the last 10 years not dancing. Dance/movement is emotional and spiritual for me. I miss it so much. While I can do it a little, too much and I’m in pain for days.

Stephanie’s gravatar

I’m glad to hear that you have something you love! I don’t think I’ve ever read a single post from you that was just about dancing, though!

If I couldn’t do something I loved, I’d cry for a day, and then try to find something else to fill in the gap. But the pain would live on forever…

Brandy’s gravatar

I loved this post! For me it isn’t music and dance, but more of being a homemaker. I absolutely love it. If for some reason I couldn’t do it anymore ie: had to return to the work force and find daycare for my children, I don’t know what I would do! It’s so nice to be able to find a passion that keeps life exciting.

April’s gravatar

I completely understand what you mean. I’m not the best dancer, but I LOVE music. I could not imagine living life without music. There are plenty of things in life that I love, and it’s hard to imagine going on without them. But I suppose I could adapt to anything, except for losing certain people of course.

– April

Cricket’s gravatar

I would love to be able to dance, but I’m a little more like Elaine from Seinfeld, so I try not to inflict it on anybody. 🙂

If I couldn’t do something that I loved, I’d feel like I was missing a piece of myself. As Stephanie said, I’d try to find something to fill that gap, but it would never be quite the same.

April S’s gravatar

Hi Liz! What a great post about something you love. That’s how I feel about writing, and if I was unable to do it anymore, it would be tough. Although I’m certain there would be new loves that I could pursue instead. I see it as a good thing, I guess….I could learn a new skill that I may not have pursued otherwise! Thanks for sharing about your love for music and dancing.

Cindy’s gravatar

I would die if I could no longer sing. It is my outlet.

Natasha’s gravatar

I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t enjoy moving to music! I have replacement hips so I can no longer sit cross-legged (miss that!) or do the yoga position of pigeon (miss that, too!). I am not allowed to run anymore (miss that!), but I can walk and I can still dance… and as long as I can move to the music, I know I am still alive!

Pam’s gravatar

One of the things I love to do is scrapbooking. It lets me relive past moments and my kids at a young age (i am behind in my scrapbooking). Scrapbooking also means that I get an entire day to spend with the girls, girls day out. Lots of fun scrapbooking, talking about the past and just plain gossiping and laughing.

Nickida’s gravatar

I have always wanted to be a mother and I’ve always said that if I couldn’t be a mother I don’t know what I would do. Not being able to do something we love is hard to deal with and could be difficult to deal with. I’m lucky that it hasn’t happened to me in the past and hope it doesn’t in the future.

Lori Klein’s gravatar

Great job expressing yourself! If my passions were threatened I would fight to the death until I had them back… that’s just how passionate I am about them. I believe you are limited only by your thoughts to tell yourself you can or cannot do something. The reason I say this is because I was told at 16 I would never have children… if I believed every word the Dr would have told me, I would have never had children, however, I chose NOT to believe him and ended up with 6 living children! I think I’m about done proving him wrong. I believed I could have children one day, and did as I believed. Many people are limited by their own thoughts or others opinion of them. That is so little compared to what you can accomplish if you believe in yourself. Never say never, you just might prove yourself right! Great job, keep it up!

Shashi’s gravatar

Hmmm. I don’t know how I would handle not being able to do something that I love… Kudos to you for dancing despite of your knees!

Aimee’s gravatar

I guess for me…if I couldn’t write. Gosh…if I couldn’t write, I feel like I’d be lost. Writing is so therapeutic for me. Writing is an escape when I need an escape. Writing has gotten me through so hard times.

If I couldn’t write? I’d lose a big piece of who I am.

It sounds like dancing is breathing for you. And you are not letting anything stop you.

Tamara’s gravatar

Thanks for sharing! We all need to have something that we love & are excited about. I get excited about & love lots of things; cooking, baking, DIY, crafts, helping others. I don’t know what I would do if I was limited on doing those things.

Tess’s gravatar

I can relate to this, but with art and being creative. : )

Felicia’s gravatar

Oh man I don’t know what I would do if I wasn’t able to enjoy my passions. I couldn’t imagine not being able to a mother, a wife and a homemaker. I think it would most likely drive me insane.

A Swirl Girl’s gravatar

I would have to say that the one thing I can’t live without is READING. I have loved to read ever since I learned the alphabet (I learned it when I was two) and I’ve been reading ever since. I keep a book EVERYWHERE – in my car, on my nightstand, at work – any where I am, I have a book. I love the fact that I can read on my phone from my Kindle or Nook app if I don’t have my Kindle or iPad with me. My second love is writing – I keep a notebook or notepad in the same place I keep my books!

Thanks for sharing your love of dance. I don’t know you, yet I imagined you dancing. This post made me smile. 🙂

Daou H.’s gravatar

I would say that running is something that I don’t know what I would do if I could not run anymore. I was running since I was in high school and have loved it. I have always kept that running helps me relax and be healthy. Last year, I had injured my one knee and I had really thought I wouldn’t be able to run like I once did. After taking a lot of time off, I had just forced to stay off my legs. It had forced me to come up with other ways to exercise and to let my body fully recover. After spending months of my knees, I had started first doing strength training and then I had slowly worked my way back up to finally running again. I was so relived and happy that I had finally recovered. It really put things into perspective for me. It is the little things we do every day that can change our how life or how we originally lived it. Thanks for sharing your post!

Stacie’s gravatar

Dancing to music used to be one of my favorite past times as a young girl. Now that I’m older, I don’t do it as much. But on occasion, you might find me blasting my music and twirling ’round my house 😉

Val’s gravatar

I love music. I can’t think of anything that I love to do so much that I would be devastated if I lost it. If something did happen, I hope I could channel my energy into something else.

Charlotte Anne’s gravatar

“I like the music up loud. I can feel the beat — the music. I don’t care much what that does to my ears, just as long as I can feel the music. If I can feel the music, then I can let it take over. And I can dance.”

OMG! It’s just like so me! I am not good at dancing though. I always suck at it. I love arts and that’s what I love, if something happened that prevented me from doing something again, maybe I’ll get devastated. It’s like my life has been ripped off from me. But thinking more deeply, what else can I do? Maybe I’m good at something which I haven’t been discovered yet besides art.

jean’s gravatar

I think there is such a freedom when we find and do something we love. Music, blogging and dancing certainly are that types of delightful, relaxing activities that somehow speak to our heart and soul. Thanks for sharing your wonderful words.

April’s gravatar

If I couldn’t do something I loved anymore, I would mourn for a time and then move on and seek what God had for me. Maybe I had turned that thing into an Idol and God wanted to remind me that Life, Death, Eternity and Him are more than just one thing.

I used to dance as a child and I remember the outlet it was. However, for me it also led me down a dark path. God has redeemed that by showing me Messianic Dance “as David did”.

I understood the frustration in Footloose. There are many churches that say you can’t dance, but if you read the entire old testament, it is filled with people celebrating God, victory, and life with music and dance. It is all about the message coming through the music and dance – life giving or death giving?!?!

Liz’s gravatar

@April, I’m slightly confused. And I feel like I just attended church. 😡

Jennifer’s gravatar

I really love to sing. But my son has sensory processing disorder and can’t manage loud sounds. So singing has taken a serious backseat. It’s tough. But the moment I drop him off at school, the car radio gets turned up!

Tiffany’s gravatar

I LOVE dancing. Not professionally or anything. But I dance like a fool in the house and if a good song comes on when I am in the store, I WILL dance up and down the aisles. I apologize in advance for embarrassing my son. Lol

Tatiana’s gravatar

I love dancing!!! Before the baby, my husband and I used to turn up the music and just dance in our family room. Hmmmm, not sure why we stopped just because of the baby. Now I am thinking we need to get back to it, since the little man will probably love dancing with us! Thanks for the post!

Rhonda’s gravatar

Thank you for sharing something which is obviously very special to you.

Jennie’s gravatar

I’ve always been afraid of not being able to write anymore, like by going blind [I have a lot of trouble with dictation] or just losing my mind, lol. I don’t know what I’d do, but I have seen, for example, quadriplegics who are able to paint beautifully with a paintbrush in their mouths. I hope that some other skill or way of doing it would surface.

Jane’s gravatar

That’s a deep question and one that I’ve actually thought about before, because I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, which can eventually have some disabling effects for many people. I try not to worry too much about the “what ifs” though. I think if my RA or anything else eventually prevented me from doing the physical things that I love (like walking or hiking or yoga), I would just set my mind and determination toward different hobbies and passions. And I know that I would find immense strength in my Christian faith. 🙂 It would be pretty hard to go through something like that without faith. Thanks for a thought-provoking post!

Kat’s gravatar

I think that I would love dancing if I could get over being so self conscious of how I looked. It is definitely a blessing to have and be able to do something you love.

Terra’s gravatar

I love to dance too. It’d be hard, but I think I’d have to learn to love something else rather than dwell on what I’m not able to do. I’d really miss dancing though!

Karen’s gravatar

Man, I didn’t know I would have to flex my brain this evening. I really enjoy blogging. If I had to stop then that would be really tough. It is an outlet for me as well as a great way to meet people.

Jobi and Fisher’s gravatar

Music and dancing are definitely two things I love. I used to love what I call my music nights when I lived alone. I would play all my favorite music and dance all over the apartment. I was so freeing! Now I walk with a cane and no longer dance, but I have great memories and still enjoy music more than ever. Music feeds my soul. As long as I live, I know I will have music.

Crystal’s gravatar

Dancing just like writing is cathartic…we do it just like we do anything to relieve stress or make life that much happier. If there were something that I loved but couldn’t do anymore it would be devastating. Most of us don’t realize how suddenly things could be taken away and what we would do if it were. Thank you for sharing your post.

Tamara’s gravatar

Music. Definitely music. I love to play it loud and I look forward to driving in the car or walking so I can listen to my favourite songs. Another one would be reading. Songs and books are both capable of eliciting such a range of emotion in a short period of time. You can pick them to suit your mood or to change it. There’s nothing like it.

Zan’s gravatar

Dancing really means a lot to you it seems. Thank you for sharing your story!

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