Dance parties are frequent happenings in my household. Iris and I have tried to keep them to a minimum prior to 8am in the morning as to not disturb a sleeping household and to be courteous to those who just are not ready for loud singing and jumping around the living room before they get the chance to eat breakfast. Although there is nothing better than to watch and listen to a cute blonde with her wild curly hair bouncing around singing, mumbling, making up words and piecing together songs in her pajamas.
Certain songs can be very catchy and easy to listen to over and over before you really think of the words and the meaning behind the verses. As I listened to Iris sing and dance to the new Katy Perry song “Roar” I really started to listen to the lyrics describing a woman who once never expressed her views and feelings and sat quietly until she found her voice…”I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath scared to rock the boat and make a mess. So I sat quietly, agreed politely I guess that I forgot I had a choice ……..I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything”. I am watched Iris sing the chorus over and over with such passion in her eyes. Her words no longer mumbled but more clearly sung with three year old confidence.” I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire. Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROAR. Louder, louder than a lion
Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROAR.” Now I know she is three and sometimes my attempts at “life lesson” talks are followed with a reply of “I like suckers!” Iris and I talked about always keeping that confidence and the feeling of being a champion. Never letting anyone determine for you who you are as a person or get in the way of your goals. Surprisingly the reply from Iris was “ok mommy, I will!” and not “my school has a phone”. I am proud to be her mom everyday but to think she took something out of that conversation that may help her to become the best person she can be made me a happy. If only everyone could also easily take that confidence and “champion” feeling and to apply it to their lives and their own goals for themselves and families. I now think of Iris and her confidence every time the song is played during a boot camp or kettle bell class. I hope for those few moments while performing the exercise that participants are listening to the words and will begin to start believing in themselves. More times than not we stop an exercise not because our bodies are tired but mentally we think we need to be done. My hope for everyone in the next few weeks is that they get the “champion” feeling. Think of how much more work you would put in, how proud of yourself you would be, how many more calories you would burn, and ultimately how much faster you will get to your goal of being the best you that you can be. Just ask Iris….or better yet, ask her to sing it to you. It’s hard to do anything but believe the words when it’s coming out of that sweet sassy blonde.