For a while I’ve been not so much avoiding but not enjoying belly-dancing as much. I started swimming and then with classes and work and part-time work and some stress; perhaps the joy in the dance just sorta waned. But the other night my joy for the movement and fun returned as I found a new set of moves that I am trying to combine: hip slides AND shimmies*.
Along with trying to layer a handful of other moves on top of shimmies I have been working this week on getting not only my shimmies back up to par after a month away from seriously practicing them; but also I’ve been learning. I’m learning that sometimes we get bored of the same-old same-old thing. Even if it is something we love to do. Or eat. Or watch. Or whatever. Sometimes you need that little bit of “new” to make an old hobby or favorite food have a little “rebirth” in your mind.
For me it was finding out there was a whole world of move layering that I could start working on that revitalized my interest in belly dancing in earnest again. (Also helps that I haven’t felt like swimming in all this gray weather for some reason!)
On a mostly related note: Last night I did a calorie count-up of what I eat in a day. Just to spend a moment of curiosity looking at whether keeping away from intense counting of said calories really meant I was somehow allowing myself to overeat with wild abandon or some such nonsense. Turns out that what I eat in an average day is less that I need even if I were SEDENTARY (by which they mean less than 30 minutes of “moderate” activity a day) to maintain my current weight according to online calorie needs calculators. Verily, using the measurements given I should (if Energy IN = Energy OUT) be losing a pound every 9 days. Not even counting the exercise mind you. Just some more “learning” food for thought there.
So on this morning I say to you: teach yourself to learn something new today. Whether it is finding that there is a new aspect of your old hobby or trying some new combination of foods just to shake things up a bit or looking at old information that has always just been part of “How Things Work” and reevaluating if those “rules” really apply to real life: you are never too “old” (read: set in the ways of the habitual) to learn something new!
*Oh, for those interested, this is the move I’m talking about: