In case you haven’t guessed by now, I love to dance. I’ll do it anywhere; at a family wedding in my room alone or in the middle of a park. If I’m out in public most of the time I do it sitting down in my wheelchair so that I don’t fall over or get knocked over by other people around me. If I’m somewhere that’s quite quiet I might have a go at doing it with Martha instead but that’s much harder.
If I’m in my wheelchair I sometimes attempt to roll my wheels around in time to the music but more often than not I tend to just go for moving my arms around in motions that I hope will match the music and try and avoid spotting my own reflection anywhere. I know that what I’m doing probably has no sense of rhythm to it but I like to pretend it does. Dancing with Martha is not quite as simple, I have to still hold on ad try and shuffle my feet and try and shake my shoulders at the same time. It’s not easy and I’d like to get better at it, I just need the space and time to practice.
The thing is, I’ve always loved bopping along to a good song. I’d always be begging my Mum to help me on the dance floor when I went to parties as a kid, I never even cared that I would be the only one up there. It was fun and that was all that mattered to me. It was always a part of family life when I was growing up. Mum and I would often dance around the kitchen and call it phsyio and Dad spent ages teaching me to strut my stuff to Madness songs like they do in the One Step Beyond video.
My friends often embrace my danc-y nature too. If we’re ever out and about somewhere and Rollin’ by Limp Bizket starts playing, the person closest to me will grab my chair and push me along in time to the chorus. Makes me laugh every time.
Now, I do often wonder what I must look like to people who don’t know me but I try not think about that too much and just enjoy the music. That’s what it’s all about, right?
So, what music will get you all moving today?