Upon deciding what word to choose for D, it took everything in me not to just settle for "Dreams", since achieving mine is pretty much all I think about ninety-eight percent of the time these days. So, when my mom suggested "Dance", my mind began immediately thinking of all those cliché quotes about dancing. "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain" and "Dance like nobody is watching and love like you've never been hurt" and even that country-esque song that goes something like, "And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance"... and I rolled my eyes. But, it still made me think, and I wondered how I could write about dancing and actually make it original. I googled "Original quotes about dancing". I figured that would have to give me some kind of start.
The first search I found was a quote by the famously witty, French Enlightenment writer, Voltaire.
Then, embarrassingly enough, my next thought went directly to
Princess Diaries, when Lily says,
"Voltaire. Hair. I would personally like to learn about Voltaire."
Here it is, today's piece of life advice by the one and only, Voltaire.
(This one is for you, Lily!)
"Let us read, and let us dance;
these two amusements will never do any harm to the world."
Because of the way these past few years of my life have flown by in a literal flash, I have been forced to learn a few specific things about the
way life should be lived.
First: Life really is too short to waste time on things you don't enjoy.
Do what makes you happy. Always.
Second: If there is something that needs to be changed, refuse to leave it how it is; do something today to make it better.
What is life if you do not actually live it?
Third: (And most importantly) Realize what needs to be taken seriously, and then lighten up on everything else.
I've learned that happiness cannot be found where worries are present.
Leave your stress at the back door, and dance each night away.
I also having a saying that goes,
"A cliché wouldn't be a cliché if it weren't so true."
So, that "country-esque song" I mentioned early might be outdated and overplayed, but the truth of it runs quite deeply.
When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.
And, I really hope you do.
And, I hope you take Voltaire's advice and read occasionally, too. :-)
But first, wherever you are, just don't forget to dance.
D is for Dance.