Because Success Is One Step Beyond Failure

[Dutch Lock Down Day Two Hundred Fifty Seven]

Photo by Joyful on Unsplash

I watched Dance Dreams Hot Chocolate Nutcracker aka Debbie Allen Hot Chocolate Nutcracker in the United States.

Because #branding

Behind-the-scenes at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy and their award-winning version of The Nutcracker, which blends a variety of dance traditions.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8741182/

And I cried at the end.

But first the news:

That pull to dance?

It’s stronger.

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Hello, Dance, You Beautiful Siren

[Dutch Lock Down Day Two Hundred Forty Seven]

Yeah, I still hear it.

Yesterday I did a five minute arm workout with Dance Accepts Everyone and I’ll admit, DAMN, it felt GOOD.

And then today I took a four hour nap in the afternoon.

But first the news:

Tomorrow’s another day, eh?

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The Dancing Engineer who loves #OpenSource and #Ouvert

[Dutch Lock Down Day Two Hundred Thirty Seven]

I have done almost NOTHING in preparation for today’s Life Coach session and also I’m supposed to be live streaming something open source right now, but I’m also freaking the fuck out and so I’m just gonna talk about this month’s theme instead, mmkay?

But first the news:

My hands down absolutely favourite definition of ‘open source’ is the one available at opensource.com:

“The term open source refers to something people can modify and share because its design is publicly accessible.

The term originated in the context of software development to designate a specific approach to creating computer programs. Today, however, “open source” designates a broader set of values—what we call “the open source way.” Open source projects, products, or initiatives embrace and celebrate principles of open exchange, collaborative participation, rapid prototyping, transparency, meritocracy, and community-oriented development.”

https://opensource.com/resources/what-open-source

Specifically, their focus on the Open Source Way which applies to software, sure, but also to EVERYTHING.

#OpenSourceAllTheThings
#ForTheLoveOfOpen

The open source way is a set of principles derived from open source software development models and applied more broadly to additional industries and domains. Opensource.com exists to share how the open source way can change our world in the same way the open source model has changed software.

https://opensource.com/open-source-way

But what is #Ouvert? I’m so glad you asked.

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What Do You Do For Fun?

[Dutch Lock Down Day One Hundred Seventy One]

The other day my dad asked me what I do for fun and the most awesome thing about this is that my mind totally blanked. Not only did I have to reach to the past before COVID but I had to reach before that to pre-kids.

I used to go to the movies on Sunday morning, hang out with friends, and travel all over Europe.

Oh, and escape rooms.

#AllTheEscapeRooms

Those are all Not Possible ™ now so what do I do instead?

Imagine me sitting quietly trying to think of an answer for my dad on that call with the dawning realization that I’ve completely forgotten How To Chill.

But first the news:

It bothered me more than I let on that I don’t have a fun joyous thing that I do just for me. Everything I do, from meditation to yoga, gardening to exercise – it’s for mental resiliency.

It’s so that I can be the best that I can be for myself, my kids, my partner, and my career.

And my inner child is NOT happy.

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Dutch Lock Down Day One Hundred Thirty

[Poor Old Left]

When I started dance, I took mostly ballet classes with a few modern, tap, flamenco, and jazz classes on the side. But ballet was six days a week Monday through Saturday and I was GOOD.

Then I went to undergrad at the University of Southern Mississippi and while I was still damn good at ballet, it became OBVIOUS how much I sucked at EVERYTHING ELSE.

While the program required ballet and modern, pretty much all other dance forms were optional including JAZZ.

And I SUCKED.

But first the news:

So why did I return to that jazz class year after year, semester after semester?

BECAUSE I SUCKED.

And the teacher was AMAZING.

She had a saying, everytime we did the second side and she knew it would suck – left is never as good as right – she’d lament, “Poor Old Left”

And we’d ATTACK it.

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