When I tell people about Aerial Dance and the pole classes I take, they’re understandably curious. I start telling them about it, and how much fun I have. I show them pictures, which usually intrigues them more. I’m not trying to sell; I want to share the fun with them too! I ask them if they’d be interested, and then the excuses start: “I couldn’t do that, I’m too fat/out of shape/old/etc.” They haven’t even tried it yet, and they’re already saying that they can’t. Really, how much sense does that make?
You really never know until you try. If you had told me three years ago that I could hang on a pole by one leg, I would have told you that you were insane. If you told me that I would be able to hang from one arm, or that I could even set myself up perpendicular to the ground, I would have laughed at you. The joke is on me though! Funny enough, I can do all of those things.
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It took time and work, but I did it. All the things that I thought I couldn’t do, I can. I’ve realized that the only thing that’s holding me back is me. The only time that I can’t do something is when I don’t believe. Knowing this has helped my pole skills, but it’s also helped me in my life. When I’m faced with a trial, I remember what I’ve accomplished, and believe than I can overcome whatever faces me. Tonight I’m going to tend bar, by myself. I’m brand new to the bar-tending industry, and I’ve had one night of training. I’m nervous and apprehensive, but I know I can do it. Simply believing in myself will help me conquer my fears and my problems.
Don’t ever be afraid to try. You never know what you can complete until you actually do it.