I just came back from five days in North Carolina where one man blew my fuckin mind.
He wanted to get over his life long fear of dancing so I came down to spend five days, 7+ hours a day training him.
This man gave his heart and soul and I could not be any prouder of him. Here's his account of the experience:
I used to get very frustrated every time I tried to dance.
I had no idea what to do or where to start. I would get super nervous and freeze every time I tried to dance in public or in front of any person.
It would frustrate me even more when people would tell me to “just loosen up“ or “just listen to the music and go with the beat”.
It was so easy for them to say that.
Honestly, I had no clue what a beat was.
I was always jealous of guys who could just go out, dance, be themselves and have fun. While I was so caught up in my head and wanted to leave or hide.
Every time someone mentioned going to a club or anywhere there is dancing, I would always ignore that they even mentioned it and try to steer them towards going to a pub instead so we could just sit, drink and talk.
There’s no dancing in pubs.
From the first day of working with Ben, I was having so much fun learning to dance! After our classes ended, I was shocked with how much I progressed within just a few days.
I could actually dance confidently in front of people.
That is an amazing feeling. I never thought I would be able to do that.
I can now move my body to the beat, my body has loosened up, and my hips are moving. And I realized that I can dance better than some of those guys that I used to be jealous of! I don't have to avoid going to a dance party or club.
I now actually want to go!!!
During our last day together he told me, “Ben, this gift that you’ve given me? You can’t put a price tag on it - thank you.”
I was getting teary eyed as he told me that.
(I'm pretty sure I pretended that I needed to check something on my phone so that I could dry my eyes)