Utter Lack of Ability

Daily Prompt: Might As Well Jump

June 18, 2013

What’s the biggest risk you’d like to take — but haven’t been able to? What would have to happen to make you comfortable taking it?


I wrote this in “haibun” form, something I have only recently discovered, thanks to this blogger’s page and competition right here: http://yepirategunn.weebly.com/2/post/2013/06/ligo-haibun-challenge-1406-2106.html.


I am one of those people who have two left feet. Not the kind that say it out of modesty, mind you – I am absolutely, utterly, horrendously incapable of dancing. To add to that, I’m decidedly overweight as well, making it less cute if I blunder around, tires bulging, than if, say, Cameron Diaz or Enrique Iglesias did.

I associate dancing with passion, sexuality and whirling around in the sheer excitement of living; at least, that’s what it looks like to me when others dance. I would give just about anything to be able to dance, yet unfortunately my sense of pride keeps me from making an absolute fool of myself. Funnily enough, I believe that it’s not so much a general sense of pride holding me back as much as shame: shame for my appearance and my stark lack of ability.

I believe that if I lost weight, or if I (privately) attained a certain minimum level of proficiency in any dance form, I would gain the confidence required to dance in public.

Mistakes and missteps

Make a mockery of me.

Will I ever dance?


10 comments on “Utter Lack of Ability

    • I just realized I should’ve added laziness to that list of barriers! 😀 No but seriously, that is a good idea, and it’s been on the backburner for way too long, I am coming to realize. Thanks =P

  1. Oh my gosh I once saw a video of me doing Zumba… not the prettiest sight. So it’s on my 30 before 30 list to look like a real Latino dancer within 2 years. Just thinking about it makes me cringe!

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  3. Blast on Taylor Swift’s 22 and just let loose, dancing is more than the rhythm of our feets in harmony – it’s an outlet of the things that we want to be in the simplest terms. Go for it! ☺

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