Groove is in the Heart

Posted Aug 2 2011, 11:53 am in , , , , , , , , ,

Dance like no one’s watching!

Cliche? Maybe.

But great words to remember none the less. Have you ever watched children at a wedding, or outdoor concert? Anywhere really where music is playing. They’ll get up, dance and let it all hang out. They don’t care how they look. They don’t care if they’re moving with the beat, or flailing about wildly. In fact, the crazier the better, as long as they’re grooving from the heart.

My daughter is a brilliant example of this. Now, at nine, she’s often aware of what others think of her, what she looks like, or if anyone is watching her. Despite the fact that I continually tell her not to worry, and to just be herself, she worries.

But a few nights ago, we had the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor concert where the band was rocking (and quite good). With no hesitation, she jumped right up, found a little room to move and got her groove on.

(It’s a bit blurry. I blame the videographer a.k.a me)

Truly, she danced as if no one was watching and had a brilliant time.

Something we could all remember from time to time.

And in case you need a little inspiration to get you started, here’s one of my favorite YouTube videos.

What have you been inspired to do lately? Or…what would you do if you knew no one was watching?



7 responses to “Groove is in the Heart”

  1. Great videos! I used to dance hip hop with some friends and we’d put on shows for anyone we could find to watch. I don’t do that anymore. 😛 I sing when I’m home alone. I’ve become very self-conscious–or serious, or both.

    • Elena Aitken says:

      I sing when I’m alone in the car. BUT…I’m trying to take my own advice and let loose with the kids more. Like I tell them, “You’ll probably never see these people again, so who cares what they think of you?” And really…who cares, right?
      I think we all need to stop being so self conscious. (At least a little bit.)

      Thanks for the comment!

  2. Naomi Bulger says:

    Your daughter is so lovely! You’ve reminded me of a road trip with a girlfriend I took many years ago. We gave a ride to a sweet hippy we met at a hostel. He had dreadlocks, a rasta hat, the whole deal, and was travelling around Australia WWOOFing (Willing Workers On Organic Farms). We called him Organic Tim. We told Organic Tim we’d give him a ride if he could cope with us singing ABBA. So there we were, cruising down the Great Ocean Road, and singing at the top of our lungs: “IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND, I’M THE FIRST IN LINE…” Then at a pause in the music, we heard a soft little hippy voice from the back seat, filling in the Benny and Bjorn bits: “Take a chance take a chance take a ch-ka-chan-chance.” It was a moment of pure joy.

    • Elena Aitken says:

      that’s an awesome story! Pure joy indeed!
      I can picture the whole thing.
      Those moments are special and cannot be recreated no matter how much we try. BUT…we can create new memories like that. That’s the key.
      Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Your daughter is so cute and she’s having so much fun in the video 🙂 Oh to be that carefree again.

    The other video is great. I’m tired just watching that guy, Hmm, I wonder if I get exercise credit for watching the video? (I wiggled around in the chair along with both videos–doesn’t that count?) And the memories.

    Makes me want to dance. Thanks! Awesome blog.

  5. Lesann says:

    The videos were wonderful…and it’s such beautiful advice. The man in the video left me speechless – and he didn’t even look out of breath! Lotsa fun.

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