I couldn’t resist using this quote! It was so appropriate for an experience I want to share with you, and how this experience is relevant to you and your life.
This weekend I went to one of the best musical festivals, I think, there is. It’s the Montana Folk Festival in Butte, Montana. If you haven’t been, make it a priority to go next year. It’s comprised of five stages, with performers from all over of the world, including: Japan, Congo, Puerto Rico, Native American, Bluegrass, New Orleans Jazz, Texas Blues, and lots more. And it’s FREE. Yes, I did say that, it’s free. Free music for two and a half days!
O.K., so why am I telling you about this? Because one of the bands I danced to was led by one of the most impressive singers I’ve heard. She was introduced as a woman who has a voice as big as Texas (where she’s from), and they really weren’t kidding.
Her name was Diunna Greenleaf. She came out on stage and my jaw dropped - she carried herself with an amazing dignity and presence, and physical size too. I mean this in the most complimentary way possible!
And throughout her singing, she took command of the stage, and displayed her self in a, how do you say, classy, sexy way – giving the audience reason to cheer for her and with her. And I noticed something when I looked around the crowd – the women were ECSTATIC (the men too!). She was strutting her stuff as we all wanted to, but didn’t have the courage to do.
And the quote that came to my mind? “I am woman, hear me Roar!” – meaning a woman totally in her body, in her heart, in her soul, singing out her anger, pain, and joy for everyone to hear. She totally put herself out there, and we all LOVED it.
When she left the stage, I heard a woman nearby sum it for me: “I want to see her sing again. She makes me feel good about myself.”
What she was saying through her singing and her body, is that we all have it within us to be daring and sexy, and to really share from our hearts what we care about, no matter what size, or age we are. She gives us permission because she is doing it. It’s a choice for us to make of stepping through the fear of judgment and beliefs around who we “should” be.
I will come back to this thought after sharing one more festival experience:
An 80+ year old woman walked quietly through a huge crowd of people to be up front and center on the dance floor for the closing band – Puerto Rican Salsa. She stayed through the entire show, moving her feet, clapping and singing along – and I thought,”That’s how I’m going to be at 80!”.
What I kept thinking about through the performances, were the beliefs we put on ourselves of what’s possible, or not possible. Is it possible to be sexy at any size? Is it possible to have fun and dance when you’re 80+? Of course – they showed us it’s possible!! (Louise Hay, the author of “You Can Heal Your Life,” learned to ballroom dance in her 70’s).
What do you believe is possible or not possible in regards to your body with sexuality or aging? How about with trying something new like ballroom dancing or paragliding? What goes through your mind when you read these questions? (notice the “can not’s”, or “not enough” excuses coming up – not enough money, not enough time, not sexy enough, not young enough, not skinny enough, etc.)
Anything is possible. It’s only in your head that says that it’s not!
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