Occasionally I think: Why the dancing?

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Gigi and I celebrating New Year’s at 5pm! I also made hats like these for my Party In a Box as well!

Right now on Instagram I’m hosting the best thing ever: a dance off.

Because if you follow me on IG, then you know from time to time I like to post videos of myself dancing. I’m not 100% sure why I started doing that, other than it seemed like the most logical use of Instagram’s video feature when it first launched.

I’ve been happily surprised at the positive response my dancing videos receive. Unlike YouTube and even Facebook, I find Instagram to be a fairly friendly place (though celebrity pages are major exceptions). I get hardly any rude comments, though I tend to lose quite a few followers, HAHA, and a lot of people say that the absurd dancing “makes their day.”

I didn’t really understand why it made people so happy until people started submitting THEIR dance videos to the competition.

In a world where social media so often compels feelings of inadequacy and comparison, the dance videos just make you laugh. Not because other people look stupid, but because other people are having fun and look genuinely happy.

You’re not thinking, “Their house looks cleaner than mine,” or “They’re so much thinner than me.” If you’re me, you’re just snort-laughing and so glad they posted a dance video.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about confidence. It’s really hard to be confident all the time. At some moments I swing so far on the confidence scale I have total illusions of grandeur. But 2 hours later that pendulum swings so far to the other side I can’t IMAGINE what I was once thinking.

Often I wonder what it would be like to have a nice even “tock.” Like a grandfather clock that keeps perfect time.

Either way, I don’t think posting a dance video takes inordinate amounts of confidence, because sometimes I have all the confidence in the world, and sometimes I have none. More-so I think it takes a “Well, this is it.” kind of attitude. And the realization that no one is going to think about that dance video as much as you do. Simple as that.

Then again, I also just really lack restraint.

Haha. Happy friday friends. I hope you have a fabulous weekend. My plan for the New Year is to write more. Like I used to on the blog. So I’m going to do a series called “Occasionally I think” and talk about what has been keeping my brain occupied for the week.

I’d love for you to weigh in.

And to join the dance off.

xo
Alison

Comments

  1. Oh yes. Number one fan of the dancing. You know it. xox

  2. naomi:

    I will always give you thumbs up because you are what you are, and what’s not to love about that. Andy and I watched your Chattanooga Choo-Choo video this morning and were delighted.

    • HAHAHA! I only ever imagine Andy with what expression his 18-year-old self would make at something like that…HAHA tell him I apologize. :)

  3. I think this dancing thing is brilliant and I have been loving all the entries!!! I wish my cell phone camera worked.

    All my electronics have decided to stop working all at once it seems…

  4. Kat Green:

    Dancing is such a sublime thing, where to begin? I cry all the way through “So You Think You Can Dance” when it starts getting close to the finale and the dancers are super-human (divine, in the most reverent sense of the word). But it’s the same thing exactly when I see a couple wander out onto the grass at a live concert and swing-dance in the dark. People dance for joy. I can’t dance, but I weep for joy watching. Keep it up, kiddo.

  5. I love your dance videos. I do not, however, have the confidence in my dance skills to post a video of myself dancing! Glad you think occasionally. :)

  6. Occasionally I think, “What would Alison do?” It typically results in dancing it out/off/through which I feel is a pretty safe bet even though, technically, I don’t know you. However, one such inquiry led me to cutting my own bangs. Not what Alison would do? Maybe? No? Anyway, dancing it out/off/through always makes me smile and feel better so there’s that. :)

    Happy New Year!

    Emily

    • HAHAHAHA something I did once, and NEVER AGAIN! So sweet of you though, the other part :) xo

  7. I loooove your dancing videos! Pretty pictures are pretty, but funny videos totally brighten my day!

  8. Carly Schaeffer:

    I am LOVING the #alisonsdanceoff videos! I had no idea so many ladies could get down. Your posts help us all remember not to take life too seriously. Thank you for hosting my entertainment for the weekend. Can you do this EVERY weekend?! … but really.

  9. I love your dance videos! And, I have enjoyed watching the dance off videos so much. I am so glad I entered because it feels so good to make other people laugh!

  10. Just found you while perusing the #altsummit IG feed. #1 I think it is totally reasonable that after looking at a few IG photos and reading a few posts to make the perfectly abnormal/normal assumption that we are soul sisters but then again, I am guessing you get that a lot. And B, dancing. Dancing. Spontaneous dance parties are essential to life. At least that’s the mantra around chez V. Took me until my 30s to have the bazeezers to totally own and love my bonkers self. Videoing a dance party is just the right kind of owning it! #3 animal print and faux fur. Yep. Roar your little heart out sister. That party looked like it was everything. Love you, mean it. Signed – your new biggest fan!

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