In her classic country song, “I Hope You Dance”, Lee Ann Womack urges everyone to leap and twirl round and round with your arms flung wide open when given a choice to sit on the sidelines or live out loud.
Okay, it’s possible the leaping and twirling are my interpretation, not Lee Ann’s.
Then again, those that know me are probably still stuck on Lee Ann Womack and classic country song. Yeah, I know. Country music and me. Who’d of thunk it?
I found out about this little ditty from, well, Oprah. Not personally, of course. She mentioned this song many years ago in her magazine. I immediately went to iTunes and downloaded the single.
It’s become an anthem for me when I feel confused or uncertain.
“I hope you still feel small
When you stand by the ocean.
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens.
Promise me you’ll give faith a fighting chance.
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance …
I hope you dance.”
The picture in this post is a reminder of the first time I saw the ocean. My friend and I were both wearing matching maniacal grins and squealing like kids on Christmas morning. It was a breathtaking sight, and a moment I’ll never forget.
And a few months later, when the opportunity to move out to California presented itself—I chose to dance.
Now I have the luxury to drive by the ocean whenever I want, and a small part me still squeals with joy every time I do. A good reminder to always dance. I hope I do.