For the past decade I have been your typical dance mum, ferrying my girls to Physie classes, waiting around during class time and getting home quite late and having dinner planned that was quick and easy.
As the competition time of the year arrived, I donned the red, white and black club colours and sat all day at a school hall bored out of my mind for most of it.
A couple of times I entertained the thought of actually doing Physie myself, but always came up with a myriad of excuses….I can’t afford it, I don’t have time, I am too old to start something new like this….etc.
At the end of the year break-up party last year, one of the mums said ‘we should be doing this too’.
She sewed the seed that stuck with me all Christmas break and on sign-up day, I put my name on the list.
OMG….what have I done?????
How can a 51 year old start something new like this?
BJP Physical Culture has classes from Tiny Tots all the way through to Beginner Ladies, so no matter what your age, you can join in.
At our club ladies classes are on Monday night, the one day of the week I usually work for about 10 hours on my feed all day and come home totally exhausted. Dragging myself to class has been difficult some weeks and my brain has felt like mush so learning the work has not been the easiest thing I have ever done.
BUT I have stuck with it, stretching and practicing the syllabus at home and finally last Saturday the first competition of the year arrived.
This required me to –
Make sure my hair colour was done to cover the regrowth.
Exfoliate from top to toe.
Apply 3 coats of tan for a golden glow.
Redo my gel nails as bright red with gold glitter is not a good choice as it draws attention to your hands, so pastel pink with a hint of sparkle did the trick.
Pack a days worth of food.
Make sure I had my water bottle and energy drink chilling in the fridge.
Find all my red and white gear and pack a bag with thongs and active wear.
Go to sleep acknowledging the fact that I would have to display my far from perfect body in only a leotard and fishnet stockings in front of a packed school hall the next day.
And there is more..
My hair had to be teased beyond recognition as I have such fine hair but it needed to look as though I did.
At least I look as though I actually have a decent amount of hair.
Miss WW applied enough makeup to last through the day and beyond.
Waiting though more than half the day until it was my turn to be marshalled with all the other beginner ladies and trying to keep the nerves in check.
But miracles do happen, I actually managed to get through all the work without making a mistake and was rewarded with –
2nd Place……..hell yeah!!!!!
The tears pouring down my daughters face with joy as I left the floor was worth more than anything!
The next competition is next week, guess I will be doing it all over again.
If there is something you would love to do, but you keep stopping yourself because you think you are to old, just do it!
What would you love to do?
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8 thoughts on “You Are Never Too Old To Try Something New!”
Congratulations on a great result and for doing what you love!
Thanks Ingrid 🙂
I was literally just commenting on DeepFriedFruit about people losing wonder and so on in their abilities – next post I have open is this one. Go you!
Thanx Vanessa xx N
I’m trying to find some form of exercise I would actually enjoy so that I will STICK TO IT. Do you have any past experience as a dancer, gymnast or similar? I’m so not sporty/coordinated so that is hampering my efforts slightly. That, and pure laziness LOL x
I know that feeling Janet and when I started I was so embarrassed as I struggled to get any of it right. I doubt my few years of ballet when I was young has any bearing on this now. Thankfully I am still pretty supple and strong thanks to my job, so with some stretching and practice I have got it to click. Mind you most of the mums still have kids that have not reached double digits, but this old girl is giving them a good run for their money! xx N
PS LOVE that pic of you and your girl!
Oh congratulations!!! How fantastic and an amazing new lease on life! That hair looks amazing!!