Today’s “Sing it on Sunday, Live it On Monday” is a little different. One Monday a month, I write for SheLoves Magazine and today’s post “I Chose the Shorts” is a perfect reflection for my new favorite song, “Freedom Song” on Christy Nockels new worship album, “Let It Be Jesus”. If you don’t have this album, get it now! It’s on iTunes for $10 -a total steal given the number of times this will be on repeat on your iPod.
I love these lyrics of “Freedom Song” :
You turn my mourning into dancing, lifted my sorrow, joy filled my soul!
I used to dance, but never felt beautiful or thin enough for that world, so I began to hide my body. Today, I share that store with the SheLovies:
Everyone was too thin. All the dancers with their swan-like necks and perfect buns—they were all too thin. My instructors, too. Women with perfect arms, strong cores, long muscles—bodies hardened by years of dance.
I was too wide. I could tell when the ballet instructor put her hands on my hips and said, “Maybe you’d be more suited for modern dance.” But this was my major. I was passionate about telling stories with my body and teaching girls dignity with theirs. I wanted to prove my ballet teacher wrong, so I spent hours in the studio perfecting my technique, all the while hating my curves and my too big feet. I was determined to be right but, afraid that I was wrong, I began hiding behind yoga pants and T-shirts. Every once in a while, the instructors would remind me that the dress code was tiny skirts and thin leotards but I was too scared to see my body every day in the mirrors.
So, I chose to hide.
But, I’m not hiding anymore. Come over to SheLoves to find out why, “I Chose the Shorts”.
Singing Shalom In Shorts,