What I learned from Zumba last night:
1. I have no rhythm.
2. I have no sexy
3. I rather be running.
Ultimately, I am happy I tried something new and got out of my comfort zone. I am scared of organized classes at the gym like most people are afraid to go for their first run. I stand staring in the mirror wondering why the other girls look so put together in their dry-fit Nike outfits when I’m frazzled in a torn up, high school, cotton t-shirt, faded with pit stains. And I can’t stand the diva next to me that thinks she deserves more space then the rest of the class. There is a certain bond created between runners I’ve always enjoyed and never felt I could find in a class. Again, I’m happy I tried it and had it not been for my friend asking me to go, I would had never done it. It is amazing what other people can do to inspire and motivate one another. Don’t ever take that for granted, no matter what your strengths are in life, chances are there is someone that looks up to you.
Getting out of my comfort zone has been the theme of my transition to Chicago. I recently tried doing stand-up comedy, something I have wanted to do for a good ten years but didn’t have “the balls.” I cannot tell you the ridiculous amount of discouragement I received from a number of people… over and over telling me it’s one of the hardest things to get into and you can’t make a career out of comedy. My absolute favorite part of the Oscars this year is when Bret McKenzie, winner of ‘Best Original Song’ thanked his parents for “never telling me to get a real job.” It was inspiring to hear, being that I’ve never had a traditional career life but I’ve managed to still do and see a lot.
I guess what I’d like to focus on is the importance of encouraging others to follow their dreams and believe in their goals. Attitude is contagious, so choose it wisely. I have been fortunate that I have mainly positive people that I surround myself with. The easiest way to understand the power of encouragement is reverting back to my childhood. When I learned to ride a bike, I fell off the first time… and the second … and the third but my father never said “You know, Kara, I just don’t think you’re meant to ride a bike…” He told me to get up and try again until I finally got it. I bet you have a similar childhood experience…
“Why do people say “grow some balls”? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding” –Betty White