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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Dreams Don’t Lie

Michele Dove, a bellydance blogger, has done it again. She is brilliant with posting great bellydance vids from YouTube. Here is Shakira’s Hips Don’t Lie Grammy performance (don’t forget to turn on your sound so you can hear Wyclef Jean’s beautiful soft voice and Shakira’s sexy full one).

Shakira is the one who started it all for me, the bellydance, and the whole idea of fulfilling old childhood dreams, if they are still there. When I first watched Shakira perform, I was filled with a deep excitement and longing that stretched back to my girlhood, when I imagined I would be a ballerina or a singer. Back when all things are possible. I didn’t consider bellydance, because it is not part of mainstream American culture except as some kind of shameful or ridiculous notion of erotic dancing. (It is not and never was, though it certainly can be sexy.) But my aunt, who was already non-mainstream because she had married an Indian man, had taken bellydance lessons when I was a kid, and though I never saw her perform, it stayed with me that she, a wife and mother, would go do this thing that was so out there, so different from what the other mothers (including mine) did.

But watching Shakira last spring, I had that feeling of, “Well, why not me? If I want to be like that, why can’t I be?” (After all, I just published a book, which had been a dream for years. I didn’t get on Oprah, another dream, but I did get on the Today show. So why not become a bellydancer? Why the hell not?)

Amazing how we simply dismiss things that we want to do and be. We just say, “Oh, I can’t.” We think we’re too old, too busy, too fat, too this, too that. But there is always a little room, somewhere, sometime in these God-given days, to do just a little more.

If you’re saying, “I can’t, no time, no money, …” Your lips are lying. You need to think again about what it would take to do this one more thing that would make you happy. And then, just do it.


It’s funny you should talk about this because I just decided to plan for my own dream. I swear! I have been thinking for a while now that I need to do something more. After considering college and coming down to either being an alternative energy technician or an holistic medicine massage therapist, I have decided that I am simply talented enough and I am going to open a store. I will be selling funky furniture-some new-some re-made/recycled, jewelry, clothes, paintings, maybe coffee, and anything else that tickles my fancy to design. Now it is just a matter of making tons of lists to break this all down into steps. I may attend a small business class through my community education to help me along. (Right now I am in the early phase of intensely organizing my house and cleaning and rearranging.)I am not entering into it with the expectation of making money. I am starting with a 13 X 25 foot space in the front of my house since we live on a commercial block between a human development center and a goodwill. Might as well make the high taxes worth it, I figure. I feel a contentment for you as well as myself. You have inspired me before and I thank you for doing it yet again, Susan. Yay!! By the way, I need a name…and if I tell you enough about myself and my ideas, you might be able to help me. I will email you sometime soon, if you don’t mind lending your huge brains. Dance on, Woman!

— added by mrs. gilb on Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 5:02 pm

Wow, this sounds perfect!!! I took an adult ed course in starting my own business — great idea! I also think you ARE talented enough and I love stores like that. I wish I could visit it. How about something playing with the word “Junque?” Wiqued Junque? Let me think some more.

— added by Susan Senator on Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 5:05 pm

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