Fourth challenge of the year accomplished! This week to get out of my comfort zone, I dragged Johnny along with me. Okay, okay that’s a total lie, he’s actually a pretty awesome guy and went willingly. This challenge was something we had talked about many times in the past about trying, but never branched out and made it happen.
So… tonight we took a dance class at Studio Dance B in Columbia. Loooovveed it. Let me start from the beginining. I called earlier in the week and talked to them about what all they offer and this super nice guy; Cory, said he had just the thing in mind for us to do as a couple. We set up a time and tonight we went. We were both feeling a little anxious, not knowing what to expect. On the drive there we teased one another about who was the better dancer. Clearly I am. Johnny and I really enjoy dancing and are usually the first people out on the dance floor when the opportunity arises.
When we pulled in, we could see inside the studio and several slender professionals dressed in elegant, black outfits. We gave each other a look like, “this may be harder than we thought.” We headed in, filled out some paperwork and were on our way.
Cory led us out to the dance floor, had us touch hands, palms up in front of us. Just stepping back and forth, figuring out how to move with one another without putting pressure on the other person, just using balance and feeling when the time was to move. Then we learned the importance of how to stand and proper positioning. He walked us through some basic steps, fox trot and box stepping. I was pretty impressed at how quickly Johnny caught on. There was no tripping over feet or having to be corrected much for either of us. Cory mentioned several times that he was impressed and made a joke about us wanting to be standing too close to one another. He said you’d be surprised how many couples are the opposite.
It was a ton of information in a short amount of time. He also gave us “homework” of what to practice on until our next class. When we left we were all smiles and both really, really enjoyed it and were so glad we were brave enough to give it a whirl.
I really think that more couples should try to do things together outside of their comfort zone. It stretches you, builds your relationship and adds some excitement. Sometimes its easy to fall into the same mode of “spending your time together,” in front of the TV or in situations that are not new at all for you. Just the motions of life.
One thing Johnny and I are always talking about and trying to do is “grow and change.” I am so thankful for the gift of wisdom that God gives us access too. Have you ever read Proverbs? Like all 31 chapters. That book is soooo full of wisdom it’s unbelievable. If you have no idea where to start reading in the bible or maybe are just looking for a way to get into the word, I encourage to start there. It’s easy to think that since we are adults that we “have it all together.” I know I don’t. I know Johnny doesn’t. And we probably never will. But God gives us so much heart and desire to want to be better, to grow our minds, our abilities, our talents.
A lot of times after a challenge, I think “well that was fun, but I don’t see myself doing it again.” Well not only are we signed up to do this again, but I actually realize now that dance is something I have a passion for. Haven’t my whole life, not saying I am going to become some professional either. But just taking that step out tonight, Johnny and I found something that we really like. If we had never tried, we would have never discovered that about ourselves.
One of my best friends; Krista, shared this quote with me awhile back and its actually been the background on my phone for a month or so. “The grass is green where you water it.” Uh duh. Like how much sense does that make? Really, so many people are looking at other relationships, other careers, other lifestyles, other people’s upbringing and are envious. I have been there, done that. But you know what? The grass isn’t always greener on the other side, the grass is green where you water it. I want to start watering mine. Filling it up with new experiences, new knowledge, new life. Building up my family, learning about my relationships, feeding my brain with wisdom.
“Acquire wisdom- how much better it is than gold! And acquire understanding- it is preferable to silver.” Proverbs 16:16 (umm I’d say wisdom is definitely worth seeking after!)
Did going to this dance studio tonight make me wiser? Probably not. But it sure got me fired up about our relationship, our abilities and our lives. So I would say that is a plus in my book. 🙂