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Building Confidence

Dr. Laura, 

You recently asked your listeners to email you if they've taken up ballroom dancing after retirement. I have, but my situation is a lot different than Bunny's from the Email of the Day: Life Beyond 40, 50, and 60!

When I was a child my mother would sporadically enroll me in various dance lessons, but I'd always have to drop out because we couldn't afford them. I've always thought, however, that if I could go back and change anything in my life it would be that I would have pursued dance on my own after high school. Here I am now at age 65 and I'm having the time of my life ballroom dancing. Finding the courage to take that first class was very difficult but I was determined to at least try. Since then my instructor and I have danced routines to everything from Lindy Hop to salsa. A year ago, my husband saw me perform and he began taking lessons, too, and we now enjoy dancing together. 

Someone once said, "Building confidence is much more useful than avoiding fear." Thank goodness I overcame my fear and took that first step three years ago. The joy it brings to my life is immeasurable. 


Tags: Attitude, Behavior, Mental Health, Woman Power
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