Is there something you have always wanted to do, but didn’t? Maybe you thought you wouldn’t be good at it, or you thought someone would make fun of you. Maybe you just wanted someone to go with you and share the experience. Maybe you were afraid you would fail. Any of this sound familiar?
Yesterday I was at the Kona Inn Restaurant in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii celebrating the restaurant’s 30th anniversary. It was a festive affair with food, drink, and entertainment. There was a Hawaiian blessing and prayer. A local band played and sang some of my favorite Hawaiian songs. There were even native Hawaiian dancers.
I was very excited to get to watch the performances. I watched the hula in awe. I took photographs hoping to get some good ones as reference material for paintings.
As I watched I got a little sad and disappointed in myself because I have wanted to take hula classes ever since I moved to Hawaii. It has been almost 2 years. But, have I taken classes? No! Why? Because I have procrastinated and I have been afraid to go to class by myself. But, as I watched the dancers, the gracefulness, the beauty of the movements; I longed to express myself that way. Watching the dance reminded me of the creative urge I keep deep inside my soul.
After the performance, the daughter of a friend got up and started doing a beautiful hula with the band. It was totally impromptu. She is not native Hawaiian, but her dance had a spirit and feeling that moved many people in the audience to tears. She moved on her creative desire.
Lesson learned. So get out there, join the choir, learn a new language, buy a guitar, take a hula class or whatever your creative desire is. You won’t regret it!