Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live. I am happy to see that you decided to stop by to visit with me. Last evening I attended a meet up event, which was a dance. I enjoy dancing and have been told that I am a very good dancer. When I dance, I combine different styles of dance – west coast swing, shag, disco and western country swing. I am a free spirit and the women who dance with me enjoy themselves.
When I dance my goal is to have fun and create fun for the women who dance with me. Because I combine different styles of dance when I dance, I create as I dance.
Because I do not stick to a prescribed set of steps, I find that there are critics among the people who prescribe to a specific style and steps. Last night – through out the evening of dance – I noticed a number of those critics among the individuals who were not dancing. This morning — when I woke up — I found that I was experiencing an emotional hangover. In my anxiousness and fear I decide to journal about my time at the event.
Through doing an inventory of my experience – during the dance – I began to recognize that I was being bullied by an old nemesis: shame. For more insight please read my article Traumatic Brain Injury and the Bully
Through doing my inventory, I was reminded of an awareness. In the process of my experiencing life there will be individuals who chose to be critical of me. Nevertheless, I do not have to take their criticism – spoken or unspoken – on as a reflection of me. People can have their opinions, but that does not mean that I need to make those opinions mine. Instead, I can practice live and let live and keep dancing like no one is watching.
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