October 4th 2016
Story originally written and experienced: September 8th 2016
Suddenly I found myself in silver-studded sneakers dancing on a big, bright stage.
And I wasn’t alone.
It was all a classic misunderstanding.
As a very recent resident of Austin, Texas, I decided I wanted to say “yes” to immersing myself in anything and all.
Cool Mexican restaurant down the road?
Trending band playing at a bar somewhere out there?
Skim through a work email and see the words “sing and dance” and assume it’s an invitation for a karaoke happy hour and RSVP
Without realizing I accidentally signed myself up for something completely different?
And that, my friends, is how the silver-studded-sneaker episode came to be.
After RSVPing “yes” to the ambiguous “song and dance” invite, I was immediately pinged with a meeting notification stating we had to “start preparing for our performance at once”.
I had voluntarily signed up for Austin’s city-wide “lip sync battle” competition amongst all advertising agencies, and I was slated to perform twice.
I couldn’t back out.
I was the new girl. The one who promised to immerse myself in everything and all. And now? I had a (small) reputation to uphold.
I guess I was going to do this.
Practices began almost immediately, particularly Tuesdays after work.
We chose two dances and two themes.
2. Missy “Misdeamenor” Elliot.
And so it began.
The late-night practices. The costume shopping. The shameless realization that dancing wasn’t something I was great at…but wasn’t terrible at either…
And then the day came.
It was showtime.
The Cher/Rick Astley show was first in the lineup.
And we were ready.
And it went so well.
So well in fact, that (spoiler alert), we were awarded best costume:
And our second act?
We won #1 Fan Favorite:
It was a badass use of a Thursday night.
And even better, a reminder that accidental sign ups and the simple decision to say
Made a huge hell of a difference in making this new place feel like home.
I got to know my co-workers way better, experienced the unique opportunity to back-up dance (hip hop style) for the woman who hired me, and made the new work place I walked in >> and << out of every day, feel a little less foreign.
So whether you’re trying to make your comfort zone even more comfortable, or grappling for a sure-fire way to find comfort in a brand new place, just say:
It’s a great tactic to feel like you’re really trying and a quick way to achieve that comfort you’ve been craving.
If I know Cher, Rick Astley, & Missy (Misdemeanor) Elliot, which I’m pretty sure I do, they’d say the same thing.