Thursday, 3 October 2019


When I was a young woman, I loved to dance. I sang a lot, walked a lot, swam quite a bit, and movement was part of my life. 

Gradually all of these things have got less and less. The only time I sing is in church on a Sunday morning, I never go swimming because I don't like wearing a swimming costume in a public setting, I don't walk very far or very often because I have no reason to go anywhere and Hastings is very hilly, and I've stopped dancing because I live in a shared house where one is rarely alone.

Recently, I thought "I have to get a grip on this."

Like a nut stuck tight on a rusty screw, I have the feeling my joints need oiling. It's a question of getting started. I think I need to sing more and dance more. So I will wait patiently until one of the rare occasions when everyone else finally goes out at the same time as each other, and then I will sing and I will dance.

There are some songs that always make me want to get up and dance. This is one of them (I have it on the "dancing" playlist on my phone) —


Suzan said...

I love the list. I don't sing much any more and my doctor has banned me from ice skating. I miss it.

Pen Wilcock said...


I think it's worth keeping on singing. People don't generally consider it as exercise, but it's good for your core muscles. Could you roller-skate instead? Or does that have the same problems as ice-skating?

kat said...

Oh yes, sing more indeed. I wonder why we lose that as time goes on, perhaps we lose the lightness of spirit that prompted all that improptu singing in the first pace. I miss it, but hardly ever sing any more, even when I'm on my own in the house. I seem to have forgotten all my songs. Must try harder as my school reports used to say!
As for dancing - even in Heaven, I'm not sure my joints are up to it any more, though I have considered Zumba Gold (the one for oldies!!!) 😆
Hello from the Lake Distict

Pen Wilcock said...

Yes — "we lose the lightness of spirit" — I think that's exactly what happens. Waving to you in the lovely Lakes!

Suzan said...

My doctor is concerned that if I fell int would be bad. It could well be. I found ice less tough to fall on. I did roller skate as a teen. I even worked in a rink but ew now have two ice rinks but neither are near to me. Oh well. I do sometimes sing. I sing a lot for my little Mia.

It is lovely to be free and silly and not concerned about others and that is what singing brings.

Pen Wilcock said...

Ah, yes, I agree — there is great freedom in singing. Skating feels very free, too. I'm glad you did it while you could. x