This is a comment I wrote after reading a post by Jeff Goins on the topic of shame (http://goinswriter.com/shame/)
Yesterday, my neighbor sent me a text/photo of my first-grade son dancing to “Gangnam Style” with her two boys. I love, love, LOVE the fact that not only will my son do this at someone else’s house, but that she appreciates this kind of freedom as much as I do. In all honesty, she is much better at promoting free expression than I am. She and her husband both have degrees and careers in the art world, whereas I am a boring chemistry geek. I want my child to sing and dance, play and express himself. I have been “busted” by coworkers driving by my house, while my son and I are having glorious light saber battles to the death. I have been caught singing in the car as I pull into the parking lot at work. I am honestly not trying to attract attention, but I also don’t always squelch my actions because somebody might see me. I was not always this way, but I have purposefully broken away from the cookie-cutter persona that is often expected, and I’ve allowed myself to be me. This especially applies at home or in non-work events. There is a limit to how much fun nerdy science people can have on the clock, after all, especially when we are making medicine. 🙂
Thank you, Jeff, for the wonderful post. In life, we cannot forget to dance.