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.