This popped up on my facebook and all I could think was “why can’t we do it all?” And I realized that it is such a dancer’s perspective on the world. It isn’t a bad thing at all, but I’m actually out in the world in search of people who want to lead, follow and walk by my side to cause “trouble”.
Dancing helps us to redefine the terms “lead” and “follow” as two sides of the same coin. Necessary for a successful dance, and complementary to each other. Neither is more important than the other, at least not in my book.
Sometimes I feel like the ultimate in social ballroom dancing is to stop leading and following, and instead “walk beside each other”. Aka: both of you are collaborating to make something fleeting and beautiful. But don’t worry; if you lead, I won’t get bored and wander off. If you follow, I will almost certainly get us lost, but you’ll thank me for it once we get home. And if you choose to walk beside me, well the world better watch out, because we’re unstoppable!