The Movement of Life

I've been going through a really hard time lately. This last year of my life has taken a really unexpected turn and things just aren't the same. I feel like I've lost some of my spark.

There are many times in life where you’ll be faced with extremely difficult circumstances, challenging situations, or just downright terrible luck, and it’s up to you how it that will shape the person you are. I wholeheartedly believe in the adage that it’s not what happens but how you react that defines you as an individual. So what do you do? How do you handle yourself when shit happens? I strive to hold to my standards, my ideals of the person I want to be, and sometimes that requires a certain channelling of energies. It requires me to take everything that’s bottled up in my head and let it escape somehow.

How do I escape?

Often I dance when angry or sad. That hasn't always been the specific response...generally I need a physical release of some kind for any real catharsis. Moving, exertion, basically giving my mind a chance to inhabit my body is what gets me through it. I feel my body move underneath me, feel the forces pull and tug at me...I need to exist purely in my body.

That’s how I escape anger, pain, stress, heartache, longing...I exhaust myself and inhabit my body...

And I dance with the world in the various ways I know how.

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  1. I love that you dance! I, too often, sit a wallow in my misery. I know this is not good, but sometimes I just have no energy or desire to carry on. I should get up and move and allow my body the opportunity to release some stress/sadness, etc. Janet, you are such a strong woman. You amaze me. What is that saying - keep calm and carry on?! It is all we can do....

  2. My heart needs to be light to dance. There are some songs that make me want to dance no matter how down I am feeling, but there aren't enough to get me dancing for long. Keeping busy makes me feel better, but I have to have something to occupy my mind. If I'm doing housework I end up thinking...usually not happy thoughts,

  3. I plug in a Grand Theft Auto game and run people over in it to feel better. I think there's something wrong with me. Maybe I should look into dancing too. I will be thinking of you & hoping you find your spark soon.


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