“All Alone! Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot.” – Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
Some people take this quote as a physical loneliness whereas I have started to see this as an understanding that sometimes you just have to go things alone to keep learning about yourself. It doesn’t mean you’re not surrounded by people who love and care for you but some experiences are meant just for you.
A week ago I was browsing through the events section on FB and came across a little ad for First Light District: Houston’s only Morning Dance Party and I was sooooo psyched! The idea is to have a yoga class, a little bhangra dance lesson, and a whole lot of partying and be done by 11am! PLUS the theme meant I could wear my unicorn costume…yasss!! Well, no one was enthused about driving at 7am with me so I decided to go by myself.
I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing of an experience it was but I’m going to give it a chance because doing things solo gives you a whole other perspective and everyone should do it as regularly as possible.
Here are the top 3 things I learned from this experience:
- Get over yourself and get to know others.
The COOLEST thing was getting to know the people behind the scenes of this project. I always make it a point to show up early. 1. To get good parking. 2. To scout the place out. These 3 ladies greeted me as soon as I walked in the door and were so kind and I wasn’t even in my cool costume yet. This is their project. Three women trying to spread joy, dance, and cheer in their hometown. Their energy was sooooo infectious and genuine. Then I had a chance to chat with my yoga instructor who also happens to be a pediatric cancer researcher. No biggie. I mean how cool is that?? You are constantly surrounded by incredible humans doing incredible things. We get comfortable sticking with who we already know and miss out on these interactions. Are we besties now? No. That isn’t the point. The point is to expand your knowledge one human experience at a time.
- Dancing alone and sober is the greatest thing ever.
Yes this all took place at a bar but not an ounce of liquor was served. Coffee and juice by Paper Co. was available to keep this unicorn hydrated and Kind Snacks helped to keep the unicorn from getting hangry. The energy in the room was insanely high and fun loving that it was all you needed to have a good time. I didn’t have to worry about syncing with a partner or keeping track of a friend to make sure they’re having a good time or leaving early because the people I was with were done. I was in my own little happy zone. No alcohol means no inhibitors to tapping into my own source of energy. I got to listen to the rhythm of the music and just move any way I felt I should and being free to start and stop as I pleased. It also helped that the music by DJ Miss Berri was insanely upbeat and well mixed. Two hours passed by ridiculously fast!
- People really really really love unicorn costumes but mostly people love people who love being themselves.
This costumes was one of the most random purchases I made a year ago and thought i’d only wear it once but have used it several times. We forget that we are authentic people. Each one of us made to contribute and experience this world in different ways. One way not being better or more important than the other. Just uniquely. By being your own authentic self you can inspire others. Not necessarily to buy a unicorn costume and go to a morning dance party but to do something that makes their spirit feel alive. Although if you really want one you can get one here.
BONUS: These ladies really have a heart so a part of the proceeds went to BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions. They hold these parties every second Saturday of the month. The next one is July 9 which is a huge bummer since I won’t be there but highly encourage you to check it out!
I didn’t always choose to do things alone until it was forced upon me. 5 years ago I got divorced. I sat alone for the first time in years and I had to make a decision. I was either going to keep falling into the void I had just escaped or I was going to take on the challenge of rediscovering who I was. One awkward moment after another I started to figure that out. Sometimes I stopped myself from trying because I was afraid for a moment that I would discover there really wasn’t much to me. Turns out that was absurd and as I meet more and more people I appreciate my talents and treasures more and more. More importantly, I recognize the talents and treasures of everyone I meet and it makes me excited to discover even more.
If you could conquer your fear what adventure would you go on even if it meant going solo?
Huge THANK YOU to the misfits at First Light District for doing you and inviting us to join in on the fun every second Saturday of the month and Jackson Gorman of Houston Press for providing these super fun pics!
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