ARE YOU READY TO DANCE?

Let's Dance

Dancing with myself
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Dancing with myself!
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"Let's Dance"
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Busta' Move!
Busta' Move!
Happy happy
Happy happy

ARE YOU READY TO DANCE?

I found the musical fountain of youth!

Just let it go!


Today, I decided to dance. Let the music sweep me away (yes, ladies...WE can still be swept away!); caught up in the moment and free from thought. Today, I decided to turn up the volumn, open the windows and blast away! No holds barred, no rules; no regulations! Nope, today is the first day of the rest of my life and, well; today....I decided to dance!

Let me explain.

Lately, I've allowed a murky, threatening cloud to take up residence directly over my head. I haven't even tried to push it away; no, I've actually hidden in it's deep shadows, even feeling familiarity there. So much to do! So many things awaiting my attention; surrounded by needs, demands which are lovingly met because I care.

But! Sometimes, one needs to realize that, in order to serve those needs, "I must be at my best." So many have said, "you have to take care of yourself first or you will not be able to help others....."

I find it very difficult, sometimes..well; much of the time, to allow myself to breathe. B-R-E-A-T-H-E when I am so vividly aware of a world full of so much grief. Anyone who knows me knows what these are. I've allowed weeks, months, even years to go by during which I felt guilty about 'selfish pleasures.' Fun, joy, delight and celebration in the face of what I know. I felt/feel that I cannot rejoice while, I am cognizant, without a doubt, that others suffer. But...I must rethink, recharge, energize and reconsider my approach...

Hmmmm.

Hmmmm, again!

Recently, I've come into contact with an old friend from my early teen years. Through the magic of technology, Jim and I found one another. Imagine the delight and surprise upon seeing a familiar, long ago name suddenly appear before your eyes. How fantasticl!

We've been walking, talking, philosophising, remembering, eating, laughing, lamenting and recalling together! What a wild and crazy ride!

Old feelings; ones I had forgotten or willingly set free were, once again, stimulated....rising up from the depths of present day absorption to the surface...percolating upwards towards my heart, head and soul!

I had thought these were no longer pertinent; no longer applicable. I had shunned the very existence of these moments and memories. Why? Well, I told myself, 'they serve no purpose but to lure me away from today...and to wonder...ponder..muse and, perhaps (and most potentially disasterous)...beckon me from the 'here and now' to the 'the 'there and then.'

Almost like an addict; I avoided these sirens....turned away....denied, decried and slammed that door shut!

But, today...I decided to DANCE!! I mean, really dance...feet pounding the floor, arms flying in the air, spinning, turning, singing along and out loud...allowing the feelings; the very essence of 'then' to flood and drown out the 'now...' if only for a little while.

My friend, Jim, is not avoiding the pull from his past. No! He is walking in another era much of the time; our shared long ago. He is reminding me that there is so much beauty there...and it isn't a sin to visit now and again.

We found Merlin on Youtube....I had often wondered about them...Merlin; an incredible magical musical tour. The cream of the crop. Musical virtuosos; each in his own right, who found oneanother years ago, a combination from which mood and mind altering creativity emerged. I hadn't heard the music in decades. (When you listen to the video; you'll understand).

I COULD NOT believe it! He quickly added the site to my favorites as I searched for the speakers for my computer. In with the USB (am I dating myself?)...'ditto' the power source...lime green in lime green ... and, "OH MY GOD!"

Heaven, I'm in Heaven!

And here is why:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw3EZ3CjJOo


Rock yourself to bliss!! Just let it rip! Let yourself feel free, moved by the gleeful, amazing compositions. This was a time when it was 'ok' to discover, delight, be caught in surprise and humbled by the experience.....

If even for a little while; I'm going to let these magical souls wash over me...take me away...melt the coldness and warm my soul.

Love.

MAGICAL MERLIN A blast from the past!!

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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

What a treat to find this happy hub from you, dear Kathy...

You sound fabulous and yes, I am most certainly ready to dance too!

Have fun and so thrilled you met up with Jim again...Hugs, Maria


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Lucky Cats 3 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Mar...so happy to see your name here...I have meant to be in touch but, as always...things pile up. But, then...along came this story and I had to share the freedom of it. How are you???? I hope all is well/better/fine/glorious! I'll be in touch. Thank you so much....and, yea! It's been great reconnecting w/Jim again.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

I am so happy that you are happy!!! Yes, we must make the choice to get up and dance in this life or just wait it out . . . I am glad you are dancing now!

Voted up ++++ and sharing

Blessings, Faith Reaper


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A.A. Zavala 3 years ago from Texas

It is healthy to dance, but much more healthy to live and love. Troubles and needs always abound, but you need to tend to your own temple. I hope the best for you and your friends. You deserve it!


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Lucky Cats 3 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Thank you Faith! I am looking for a place locally where everyone dances...it's hard to find; but I shall prevail! I do LOVE to dance. Thank you, Faith Reaper.

Augustine..you are so right....must remind myself often. We're going to strive for a balance!!


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Lucky Cats 3 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Please, everyone....listen to this video...I say listen because it is from '81 and there is no video w/it...(which is a great shame because the band members were gorgeous!!)...the music is incredible. Carlos Reyes is still playing his beautiful instrument... The Paraguayan Harp among other instruments http://carlosreyesmusic.com/schedule.html http://carlosreyesmusic.com/ I wish to share w/everyone. AMAZING!


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Balance is key, Kathy, as you understand. It is a waste for the most passionate people, like you, to bypass the positive energizing joy in life, for it gives us the strength to make a difference where we find injustice, inequality, neglect and abuse. I am so happy you have reconnected with a soul that encourages your joyful, passionate spirit. It is invigorating, and necessary to revel in all that is good. Seize the day, Kathy. Your beautiful, energizing piece inspires the joy in me. Thank you for passing it forward, my friend. Rock on, beautiful lady!


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota

This hub made me smile and giggle. Good for you Kathy to get out your dancing shoes again. Life is short and we are meant to have fun. Sometimes in our everyday busy lives we forget that. We are all just grown up kids that have needs to have fun and let our souls sing. It was icing on the cake to hear you met up with your old friend Jim. I think seeing old friends is a powerful way to reignite our souls. Hit many buttons and voted up on this uplifting hub.


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Lucky Cats 3 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Amy...I can imagine you right beside me, dancing our asses off! (There used to be a great club in San Francisco of that name...Dance your Ass Off!). It is true; physical movement does dispel the blues. I am so glad that Jim and I are reunited in a decades old friendship...we were very best of friends when we were 13!!! He is so in touch w/much of the later, young adult years and all that was happening during those times...which brings back very very wonderful, fond, fun, crazy and happy, youthful, "ignorant blissful" years. Thank you for your, always, astute and empathetic comments, Amy..'cuz I know you do understand. So, my advice to all the "single" (and married ) ladies.....let it rip!!!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I love this! I used to dance a lot!! Maybe I'll dance with my dog and cats. This is such a joyful hub. How neat that you've reconnected with a friend from the past. I love, love, love this hub. All the votes! Sharing!


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Lucky Cats 3 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Minnetonka Twin! I'm so glad this made you giggle and smile...that's great! Me, too...I was LOL as I danced and tried to snap pics so that I could illustrate the fun of it. I hope you have a chance to listen to the Merlin music...truly magical! Thank you for your wonderful comment.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota

I knew I forgot something. I just went and listened to Merlin. Wow, what a great beat. They remind me of a mix between Santana and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Do you hear it? Love it Kathy and wow, you must have been moving pretty good with this fast beat. Thanks for bringing me back.


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Lucky Cats 3 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

MTwin....what's really amazing is that the recording is LIVE...their one and only album..and it was completely live; no special effects, recording studio magic or dubbing! They were the most cohesive band I've ever heard live....ever...just otherworldly GOOD! Thanks for listening. I wish they could be transported these 33 years later! Great times and cool memories! K


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Fullerman5000 3 years ago from Louisiana, USA

Nothing wrong with busting a move with a nice fat beat to shake you groove thing too. This was a fun hub. I really enjoyed this. I get into this same mood sometimes. A lot of times its when I am in the car. Its hard to dance in the car but it is fun to try.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I love this Kathy. I ' wanna ' dance too! Isn't it wonderful to be happy enough to want to kick up your heels and dance the night away. Your enthusiasm rocks! Have fun and welcome back...


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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Really cool moves. I would love to groove like that.


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

I dance at work all the time. AT first the kids were surprised, but now they expect it. We cannot be dragged down by what goes on around us. We must be the captain of our own ships, for the more that we do for us, the more that we can do for others. There are some things that you have no control over, but let me tell you, we have control over our own destiny. You do what makes you happy, and you will be a better person for it. Now, go to it.


We Save Cats 3 years ago

Luckycats, what a wonderful hub. We humans, as spirit beings, are connected to everything and everyone else. Some more connected than others. Which means some more empathic than others. When you learn of suffering in our world, you don't just know about it, you feel the pain or those suffering. This can certainly put a cloud over one's head. But in the cases of people like you, the pain leads to an understanding; which motivates you to act to ease the suffering of others. Luckily, the same spiritual connection which allows you to feel the pain of others, also lets you feel their joy. When you listen to music, you actually feel the glee the musicians were feeling while they were creating it. As your empathy drives you to help those in need, it also moves you to dance. And you do. Just one of the many reasons why I love my friend.


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Lucky Cats 3 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Fullerman...now, have you seen the ads about the floor liner for cars? That's what happens when you're dancing w/yourself in a confined area! Be very careful. Thank you so much for the visit.

Ruby...I am not surprised that you can relate to this...I so enjoy the hubs you've written about wanting to be a 'star,' and the magic of music in your life. Thank you so much for stopping by! your friend, Kathy

Hi Pinto..I have no doubt you can dance dance dance! Just your pic tells me that! Thank you for visiting.

Avian.....this is another part of you .... that we share...a love for our feathered friends and dancing...the freedom of the latter and the life sustaining of the former....which translates into freedom as those you've saved are able to live and soar again. It's a great image you've painted! And wonderful advice, too. Thank you!

Oh, Al....you've been my very closest and best friend for so many years....what a beautiful comment...well, my dear friend; we've seen it all, haven't we? Can't wait to see YOU in just a few days now...All is well here in N. Ca. and Jim will be staying in the house w/the kitties...moving in for a nice vacation from his other life ... which is tremendous help for both of us. Love you!!! kathy


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Lucky Cats 3 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

A moment of thought, prayer, remembering, honoring and mourning our friends in Boston, MA. Such a senseless loss; a horrible tragedy. Someday, I pray; we'll 'get it' and stop killing.


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Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

First off so pleased to see you happy dear friend Kathy. You hooking back up with Jim proves there are exceptions to the saying " you can't go back" doesn't it! Dancing free form like you did is such a release from the cares and worries of this life- not to mention just plain out making you feel good and burning calories. Not that you need to in your fantastic shape- dig those dancing pics!( a video would be awesome, too.) And hey, Merlin really has a cool shakin' sound. So, Let's Dance, put on your red shoes and dance the night away! Beautiful hub all the way Kathy!


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Lucky Cats 3 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Oh, Alastar; it's so good to see your comment. I so enjoyed reading your recent hub and promise to visit more often and catch up. Thank you for your always lovely words; so very appreciated, as I hope you know. Hey, anytime you want to dance just turn up the volumn and move w/pure abandon and glee...Kathy

PS...the pics come from a home made video and then captured a few frames for this hub.


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Absolutely perfect time for me to read this Kathy! Thank YOU!

Now, the video is not working so I'm sure I did not get the full effect BUT nevertheless, I feel a needed boost today. I've been spinning in circles all morning, overwhelmed, confused, not knowing what to do next. Now I know!!!


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snerfu 2 years ago from Madurai, India

Nothing like loosening the limbs now and then especially when you are a cat. Great article makes wonderful reading.


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Lucky Cats 2 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Thank you snerfu! It was so much fun...now, I do this to "Happy" by Pherrell .... love it!!

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