Sometimes saying “yes” is a good thing.
There are so many posts on learning to say “No” and trust me I am the first to admit I need to read every single one of those! The best answer this weekend was “yes.”
I said “yes” to an old friend’s suggestion that we go check out the live swing band at the Austrian Club on Saturday night. I honestly didn’t know what to expect. When we arrived the place was pumping. People were seated at tables surrounding a central dance floor, dining on typical Bavarian cuisine. The smell of oversized sausages, chicken schnitzel, apple strudel and beer from Salzburg curled up our noses. Taxidermy deer heads, wall sconces, pictures of Austrian countryside and palaces adorned the walls whilst chandeliers hung from the ceiling. Reminiscent of an old ski lodge, the decor tacky, but fun!
Our group of late 20’s early 30-year-olds brought the average age down to maybe 50. I felt young and in awe of the moves these baby boomers were making on the dance floor! Fortunately, my old friend Jam just happens to be champion swing dancer. A couple of car park lessons on the Charleston later, Rob and I were having the time of our lives (pun intended, who can resist a dirty dancing reference).
The old world romance of dancing this way with a partner is so joyful. I don’t think I stopped smiling, laughing or squealing with delight as I twirled around the dance floor. I’ve already researched swing dancing lessons in our area so Rob and I can work on our moves next year. Saying “yes” to this was the best decision this weekend, not only did I catch up with a dear, old friend, I discovered a new joy.
When was the last time you said “yes” and discovered something new about yourself or others? I’d love to know.