My Good (Re)Parent
How are you Shantelle? How are you feeling about going to dance class Shantelle? Are you scared? Are you excited? Are you nervous? Are you looking forward to it?
Hi (Mom). Yes, scared. Scared I will look awkward, messy, mechanical. Maybe even ugly. Scared someone will look at me with disapproval. Like J (Dad) did when I didn’t ‘do something right’… But I am excited, hopeful about the chance to learn something new, use my body, enjoy some interaction with people.
Parent: I understand how you can be scared of not looking like a ‘great dancer’, S. This may only be the 2nd time you have taken a lesson! And I understand how distracting bad memories of insensitive and mean reactions can ride along with you to events that are important to you, events where you want to relax and have fun and feel good and maybe even beautiful. Wonderful Shantelle, you are love and beauty and courage and grace inside. Let that out at dance class. Your desire to enjoy learning to dance is much more important than the possibility of others not appreciating your efforts.
Enjoy learning. Take your time. Take your time to learn it like you need to. Feel your beauty in your anticipation of learning a new talent.
Good luck and have fun 🙂