Step 2: But Why Tango?
At this point, I began living my life by the signs. Sometimes, I didn’t exactly know what they meant but at least I was paying attention. This was a new thing for me since up until then, I was a take charge kinda girl. I was convinced that the only way to get anywhere in life or get anything done, meant I had to do it myself. Period.
My DIY Method is what had allowed me to transplant myself at age 13 to halfway around the world. This philosophy is how I graduated at the top of my class, how I landed one of two prized positions at a prestigious ad agency, how I created a stellar career as a designer, how I got to be 36 years old, 2.5 kids, in the top 5% of household incomes in the world, and feeling… profoundly empty.Obviously, there was a flaw in my approach although I was not exactly sure what it was. I had a nagging feeling it had to do with BALANCE. Hence, my theme word (link) for 2009 was “receive.” As a symbol of this new and hopefully improved way of living, I donned my signature necklace. It was a symbol and reminder for myself that I was open to suggestions.
Suggestion #1: The book.
Suggestion #2: a brochure for a Tango I class at COCA.
Another week passed.
Suggestion #3: While cruising around on the Great Day St. Louis site watching myself (LOL!), what should pop up on the screen but a segment on Argentine Tango — featuring the two instructors whose class I had stumbled on the week before. Hmmm….
Most people only need three prompts but I got a bonus, either because I’m slow or because I asked God specifically to make my next move evidently clear.
BONUS Suggestion #4: Late one night, as I did my just-before-bed Facebooking, an update appeared on my feed saying, “Heather is having tango dreams.”
I signed up the next day.
Why tango? Because I wasn’t getting any “You must dance Salsa!” nudges from the Universe, okay? But the answer that I volunteered when we went around the circle in class was, “I need to learn how to follow.”
I had “followed” my way to class. Heck! I had “followed” my way into a moving van six months prior! I was nothing but open for where I was going to be led next.
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