“What happened? Why did you leave?” I am sure this is a question that many of you have.
The truth is, I never left. My heart for the dance has never left. However my mind has gotten the best of me. I come out on the other side with clarity. 1) One does not need to “earn” the right to lace up dance shoes. The only prerequisite is to give your heart to the music and the dance. 2) There is not a certain number of years or months you need in order to attend a social event. One wise tangeuro once told me “ Your tango journey should not be measure in years but rather hours on the dance floor.” You have to dance. Within in the minutes and the seconds, you will find the path to freedom. The path to the connection.
Your journey belongs to only you! There will always be reasons for you to stop. How to overcome it? “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher” – Oprah (I tend to take Oprah quotes pretty seriously). At the end of the day, you do this dance because of that short 3 dance tanda with a complete stranger and how it makes you feel connected to the world. “At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.” – Thich Nhat Hanh. Can you believe that an adult makes conscious decisions 35,000 times a day? As of right now, I am committing myself to one decision at this moment – I must continue to write.
On a side note, my boyfriend is now doing tango – as some of you may know since he made an appearance this past weekend. And he is getting so awesome at it! He is the one that is constantly asking “Babe, can we practice tonight?” And even though I’m mentally exhausted and tired, I dance with him (with sometimes a little debate on how long). He knew that this funk of mine wouldn’t last long. He kept me going. He continues to remind me why I fell in love with tango in the first place. It’s la comunidad, la musica, el sentimiento. (Yes, I know…he is a keeper ;))
“Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long, stretch of gray cement. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won’t happen. We have to teach ourselves how to make room for them, to love them, and to live, really live.”
— Anna Quindlen
And you fine people, are my moments – the moments that light up the stars in my galaxy.
Besos. Mi corozon. Mi sentimiento. Mi Tango