Dancing in the Rain

When was the last time you danced in the rain?  No, seriously. When?  In the rain, in public, with lots of people watching – when?

Right. I didn’t think so. Not many of us have done that.  I certainly never had.….until last week.

My husband and I were sitting in a cafe in Paris, safely tucked out of the rain, watching as people set up across the square for a street fair that apparently took place every Sunday morning – rain or shine. A delightful, happy little man, well protected from the elements under a small tent, started playing his accordion.  And of course, it was a tango. It’s Paris – so what else, right?

And what to my wondering eyes should appear – but a couple, out of nowhere, who started dancing…in the rain.  They danced to that tango with unabashed, uncensored passion – just for the sheer joy of it.  They didn’t care that there were people watching. They wouldn’t have cared if people WEREN’T watching.  They just danced. Because they wanted to. Because it made them happy.  Because they could.

And yes, John and I joined them, as did several other couples. We laughed and we danced and we skipped the light fantastic all around the square as the rain kept coming.  I know my hair was all wet and stringy and I’m sure I had mascara running down my face and I just didn’t care. I was stupid happy.

Here’s your assignment – should you choose to accept it.  The next time it starts to rain, grab your honey – or your friend or your grandmother or some damn body.  Grab them and say, “May I have this dance? I would REALLY like this dance.” Then proceed outside and dance like nobody’s watching.  I promise you, it will make you happy. And after they get over the shock of what in the heck’s going on – it will make them happy too.

Gene Kelly would be so proud.

From your singing, dancing, happy motivational speaker, Linda Larsen




Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. I’m in! What a wonderful memory you and the Weather-Muffin made in the streets of Paris.

  2. Sniff, sniff! That story made my eyes water and my nose tickle. What a beautiful picture. You inspire me to live life on that side. So next time it rains – count me in! Beautiful post from a beautiful person.

  3. You have just described a fairy tale.  How wonderful to have experienced that, Linda!!!!

  4. Ah, dancing in the rain.  Love it love it love it!  I promise to grab Frenchie and ask him for a dance the next time it rains here.

  5. Thanks for sharing your experience Linda… how FUN!!!! I delightedly accept your invitation! Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain…

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