I have decided to add my cowboy hat to the boot and belt so I can complete my wardrobe lol! I post about this because of the passion I have had over the last few years on learning how to dance and compete in this sport.  I try to look at this and figure out why I am so taken with it?  I do have fun and get tremendous enjoyment out of it and having the chance to playing a “role” so to speak on the day of competition.

I will be 49 years old next week and have come to realize as I get older I wonder like others “is this all there is”? I mean this in the sense of working for a corporation, trying to climb a ladder, acquiring things and then realizing this does not mean anything and you do not get any self-worth out of this in the long run.

Learning how to dance and compete has given me a new chapter in my life and something positive to focus on instead of the same old drudgery day in and day out.  For the most part no one tells you this in your 20’s or if they did I didn’t listen!! I have decided I am not going to sit here and ride out the rest of my life doing the same job everyday and not learning anything new so I will take charge and learn new things on my own. I have recently attended a personal trainer workshop and testing with my next focus on group fitness training.

I know one thing, the people who I have met dancing are some of the most positive people I have met and lots of them are over 70 and very active which I really admire.  The decision I have made at this point in my life is to hang out with “positive people” and my hat, boot, belt reminds me of this and I encourage anyone not to remain stagnant but do something totally out of character that what you are used to.  I know I did, by dressing like a Cowboy!! My momma and her friends think I look like George Strait lol, I don’t know about that but it sure is fun.

Cowboy Hat, Boots, Belt

I wanted to make a short post has things have been hectic. I have been informed by people with experience regarding cowboy hats that mine does not fit so I need to add and extra layer of weather strip in the band so it will fit properly! This is too funny to me being a “rookie cowboy” and all. I am wearing this for my dance competition so I have to get it right because I have raised my bar high! Now I am trying to talk myself into the cowboy shirt I should wear and I think “Oh lord what have I become!! lol

I have made a few posts on my blog about the dance lessons I have been taking but not gone into a lot of detail but wanted to post the current state of my “dance career”!! lol.  Anyway, this past weekend my wife and I competed in our first competition and we had a great time.  We have been preparing intensely for the last six months as we competed in 7 different dances but we have had the most fun with the Polka.  It is lively with upbeat music, kind of like how I am so that is why I wanted to mention it in my blog.

I did not feel like I was nervous but obviously when you do something for the first time there is some anxiety involved, but also excitement.  Anyway, to add to my “excitement” for my first time not only did we have to dance the Polka first we were the only ones in this heat for Polka!!  Talk about anxiety!! But it never crossed our minds to scratch as we had come this far so we were going to finish. I had talked to my instructor afterwards and she has known people to scratch if they are the only ones in the competition.

I have posted video below to show how much fun we had and are having!!  As most of you know it is important to set goals and try something you have never done before and see it through!!  There is such a sense of accomplishment that says “I did it” and makes you want to keep trying.  As you can tell by the video it seemed like the people clapping had fun as well and that made it all the more special.  I may post my other videos of the different dances if it inspires other people in their goals but I will see how this one does first!!

Plan B is my video of the Polka at the follow address:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzUUr0daeRQ