At the beginning of this year I decided that my mantra for 2011 was going to be “Do hard things”. I was sick of living inside my little box and fearing the effects of stepping out of my comfort zone. Tonight I lived out that mantra when I tried “Zumba” for the first time. Now I know what you are probably thinking…Zumba? How hard is that? Well about a month ago I probably would have agreed with you. In fact when I first heard that they were going to offer a free zumba class at the relay for life kickoff event, I couldn’t wait to try it out! Then a few weeks ago I was at the gym and got sucked into watching one of those infomercials about Zumba and realized it certainly isn’t the class for me.
I am a white girl…a really white girl…and although I can fake it till I make it in some areas…having rhythm is just NOT one of those things! My hips/butt…they don’t shake….at least not voluntarily.... and my dancing skills pretty much fell apart after I stopped taking jazz/tap and cheerleading! So why I was ever so excited about Zumba is beyond me! However….even though I certainly wasn’t great at it…I'm glad I put myself out there and just tried!
I think what I am realizing more and more is that I can sit on the sidelines and wish I could do that…or I could just go out there and do it….no matter the outcome! Sure I must have looked silly out there….(check out the picture to the right that my niece snapped of me and my sister “Zumba-ing” for proof)…but it was fun…and it not only gave me a good laugh but also a good story! So I say...it was totally worth it!