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Dance like no one’s watching, they say.

But of course that’s kind of difficult if you’re in front of one of the most famous churches in the world, in the middle of one of the most visited cities of the world, and you know for a fact that despite it being low season, dozens of people are going to be watching you.

But then you think…

Who cares?

Who cares if they’ll be watching? Who cares if dancing isn’t your strong suit? Who cares that the only other people to respond to the musician’s invitation is a group of seven friends who look like they’ve known each other all their lives?

Are you going to spend all your life thinking: “Dammit, I should have danced”?

What are you really going to regret more?

When are you going to get another chance to prance and clap and stomp your feet, to move to music that makes you laugh, to whirl in bliss under the bright winter sun among the crowd gathered at the Notre Dame?

You want to dance so dance.

Do it: step forward, don’t give it another thought.

Move and immerse yourself in a experience you know you’ll never forget.

“Once upon a time, I danced in front of the Notre Dame…”

Die of mortification if you have to, then live to tell the tale.

For the record, I didn’t need that much of a pep talk to step forward when the leader of a group of musicians playing in front of the Notre Dame asked for volunteer dancers. I had just spent the last couple of hours feeding birds with a complete stranger so by then I was in “what the heck, why not” mode. 🙂 Unfortunately, I was traveling alone and there was no one to take a photo or a video of me dancing. But it happened, I swear. 🙂

3 Responses

  1. Love it love it love it! ❤️❤️❤️
    I wish someone else took a video of you dancing. But wth not everything we do is for the camera.Sometimes we live by the moment too!
    FYI…I’m always one of those crazy tourists you see dancing and being loud (especially if I don’t know the people around me)…

    1. Oh gosh, I really wish that too, that someone had taken a video for me. Minsan nga lang ako sumasayaw e, wala pang proof. 😀 Actually, one of the musicians was taking a video but I tried to search for it later in the internet, tried to Google variations of Notre Dame musicians, but I didn’t find them. Too bad!

      1. Sayang! Next time you do something like this give your phone to someone else pero baka itakbo yung phone no haha!

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