Dance in the kitchen. Sing with your hairbrush
In the past two weeks, I’ve become mildly obsessed with listening to the soundtrack for The Greatest Showman. It reminds me of Christmas so why not?!
I honestly avoided watching it for a few years after overdosing on musicals as a child and then later with the introduction of High School Musical (did anyone else get sucked into that vortex?)
Last year my sister booked tickets for us to go to the Christmas Outdoor Cinema and The Greatest Showman was showing on the night we were both free. I went along for the canned Prosecco (who knew it could come in a can?!) and to catch up with my sister. I wasn’t that bothered about seeing another musical movie that I didn’t even know the songs from.
But there is something about the story and the theatrics that captured me, made me smile and actually gives a little hope that maybe anything is possible!
If you haven’t seen it, I won’t spoil it for you but it is inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum’s creation of Barnum’s American Museum/ Circus. Might sound boring, but its not! It’s also a favourite with my niece, so that tells you everything you need to know. She’s got great taste.
When I was younger I was always performing dance or gymnastic routines at home for my family, up and down the living room (much to their annoyance and my grandmothers concern that I would land on her feet!). My favourite Saturday or Sunday was often spent watching and singing along with Annie at the top of my voice.
As we grow up, we lose a grip of the things we used to love doing, we become more self conscious, we become busier, with more responsibility and more family and friends to share our time with. We stop dancing up and down the living room, because its not always socially appropriate, or we just feel so very far away from the small child in us that used to think dancing was the most important thing.
The world has felt quite heavy for everyone at times over the past 9 months, so I have a task for you in the next few weeks before Christmas.
Find you favourite movie theme tune, your favourite show tune, your favourite karaoke song of all time. Play it loud, grab someone in your family and dance around your kitchen to it, with microphone (or hairbrush) in hand for the really committed. Maybe take a song from everyone in the family and play them all in rotation. Just take 15 minutes while you are cooking dinner or washing up to sing and dance like no-one is watching.
I promise you, the world will feel lighter and you will realise that those same things that used to make you happy, still do. You just need to do them a little more often 🙂
I am going to go and listen to “From Now On” for the 100th time, and encourage you all to do the same!
I am here to support with song choices, or to help you in any aspect of your health & fitness journey, so if you need to chat, let me know. In the past two weeks, I’ve become mildly obsessed with listening to the soundtrack for The Greatest Showman. It reminds me of Christmas so why not?!