“Do you feel like it’s too late to start dancing?
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
– George Eliot
You love going to dance performances. Spend hours in the black hole of YouTube videos. You look up dance studios in the area but can’t muster up the courage to go take a class. Because you find yourself thinking, “I’m too old, it’s way too late to start now…”
For those of you who are wondering if it’s too late to start dancing – here’s a simple answer: No.
But if you want to know exactly why it isn’t, and what you can do to start dancing… Then keep reading.
Age really ain’t nothin’ but a number
Fun fact: Colonel Sanders founded KFC at the age of 62.
If he had been like, “Man, I’m too old to open a restaurant,” and hung up his apron, we’d have no 12 PIECE ORIGINAL RECIPE WITH 3 SIDES AND 6 BISCUITS FOR DINNER.
What a shame that would’ve been.
Good thing Mr. Sanders, along with several other inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, and dancers knew that age… age ain’t nothin’ but a number.
You can start to do whatever, whenever.
Sure, there are more “conventional” age ranges for certain things.. but like… Who cares!!!
People start biking at 6 or 60 years old. People get married at 18 or 80. And age does not determine whether you enjoy or succeed in any of these cases.
You are allowed to choose and change your hobbies, careers, environment, lifestyle.. whenever you want.
Once you free yourself from those arbitrary societal constructs, you can feel free to pursue dance at age 20, 45, 60…
Fear is your friend
A lot of us fear being judged. We’re scared of not being able to keep up in a class. We fear.. just feeling old in a sea of 16 year-old SwagMonsterz! But these are good signs.
These are the exact reasons you should start dancing.
In The War of Art author Steven Pressfield talks about “Resistance” as the main culprit behind dreams unfollowed and passions abandoned.
We resist taking certain opportunities or risks in dance because we are afraid.
“Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do.”
– Steven Pressfield
The more resistance you feel against something, the more it means to you, and the more you’re meant to do it.
Your resistance to start dancing will be transformed into motivation, passion, and drive – as soon as you start.
So.. what’s your excuse?
Even after you address your fears, there are still so many excuses you can make.
But we’re here with that no-BS tough love to render all your excuses irrelevant!
“I’m too busy with my job…”
“There are no dance studios around me!”
Whatever excuse you find – it’s exactly that. An excuse. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Once you find that way… there’ll be no stopping you. Starting small is fine as long as you start now.
When you’ve put off something for a long time it just reestablishes itself in your head as being this huge, difficult, scary, impossible endeavor. When it’s really… not. As soon as you do something to start, as small as that action is, the intimidation will disappear.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
– Lao Tzu
You’ll realize that it’s not that scary! It’s not that crazy! And it’s actually pretty fun!!! Don’t think or plan too much. Just do something, one little thing. However small it is, take that baby step. Baby steps are what eventually turn into huge leaps and bounds.
“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
– Karen Lamb”
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