The world needs more excitement.
As I pulled up to the stoplight yesterday, Salt-n-Pepa’s “Shoop” was on XM 90’s on 9. The lady in the car next to me openly stared. Evidently, my excessively enthusiastic dancing and overuse of my Bose speakers were more than she could stomach.
She looked at me like I had set a puppy on fire or backhanded a laughing baby.
Why can’t people giggle, sing, dance or otherwise joyously hop around without persecution? What we need is a worldwide flash mob. Every mall, every town square, every Main Street, every post office, school, church and park need to be filled with people shaking what the Good Lord gave them to whatever song their inner soundtrack is playing.
As Aubrey’s favorite show’s theme song says, “Everybody craaaazzzzyyy shake!” Why not? What do you have to lose?
Not one blessed thing.
You have everything to gain, even if it’s just a laugh or two and a chance to let go of some holiday stress. Why do we care so much about what random people in line at the stoplight think? Somewhere in Life we decided as a society to apply ridiculous don’t-speak-or-make-eye-contact elevator etiquette to our entire lives.
Is there a song that gets you going no matter who is watching or listening? Go get it. Listen to it. Now.
Life is short.
Dance. Sing. Ignore the open-mouthed starers. Do your own version of the craaaazzzzyyy shake. Whatever dance it is you do when no one is looking (and you know you have at least one signature move, so don’t pretend you don’t), do it.
Maybe what the world needs isn’t more excitement. Maybe it’s tolerance. Maybe it’s an open mind. Maybe it’s appreciation for people’s sense of humor. Maybe we just all need to keep our eyes on our own Life’s dance and quit gaping at the lives of others.
Unless you’re staring at me at a stoplight. Feel free to look. You might learn a few moves. If nothing else, you’ll get a good laugh at the crazy woman with no shame.