Do you ever feel like you're going backwards in some aspect of your life?
Or maybe just in life in general?
During my first week back in #Cuba in April, I was at a dance class at Casa del Son. We were sharing a classroom with two other couples and afterwards I talked to the other women - two of whom recognized me because they had seen Follow My Lead - in Denmark!!
One of the women was having a hard time in class and thought back to the part in Episode 3 where I'm crying because I'm so frustrated with my lack of progress learning choreography for my performance. I felt like I was "going backwards". She felt the same way in class that day.
Here's the good part: She remembered how that episode ended. That she wasn't alone in this feeling - of frustration, of learning and forgetting and relearning, of going backwards before you go forwards - and that you DO get to the other side!
She told me I was her "spirit animal" that day. I know that's a problematic term, so I just took it to mean, "your sharing your vulnerabilities helped me be kinder to myself."
Confession: I'm still "going backwards".
Here I am on another exciting dance adventure (#tango in Buenos Aires!) ... this should be easy by now, right?! Wrong. I'm still learning, forgetting, and relearning so much - mostly a lot about self-compassion, faith and patience.
The more I accept that this is not a failure or a deep character flaw, just a part of the process, the more I can ... breathe. (Also, it would be good to be less terrified of failure! That's next on the agenda ;)
So here's to all of us shuffling forward and backward in life - we're still getting somewhere. ♡♡♡♡♡