I’m taking a belly dancing class. Yes, you read that right. I’m 4 classes in and, admittedly, not getting any better. I dance very stiffly and find it impossible to relax my muscles. What can I say? I’m tense by nature. But it’s really all about the journey, right? It doesn’t matter that I’m struggling to shimmy. What matters is I’m trying. AND once I get on beat and am moving in the right direction, it’s pretty fun! I have 2 more classes, and despite not really progressing, I’m going to keep it up.

I’m reminded of my younger years when I tried taekwondo. I sucked. Like really sucked. However, I wouldn’t quit. It’s kind of a theme in my life…and in “Finding Nemo” I suppose. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming. I don’t know why I do it. Sometimes it’s torture, but I power through to the end. I have a history of refusing to quit shitty relationships too. Perseverance isn’t always a positive trait. After I finished up taekwondo, my dad made me a Certificate of Completion for sticking it out. Thanks Pops! I’ve also completed a marathon despite having to walk the last few miles, finished college while battling severe anxiety/depression, and managed to mostly stay at my monotonous customer service jobs all while wanting to die a slow and painful death.

So, other things I’ve been trying out while here: Astrology. Eyeroll at me now so we get it out of the way. Soooo L.A. I know. I took a 6-week course that ended last Saturday, and it was super interesting! Hi, I’m Amy. Taurus Sun, Scorpio rising. Passionate, ambitious, loyal, and determined…but also stubborn as hell. Please read paragraphs above for proof of this. I’m contemplating taking the tarot class next. It’s always been an interest of mine despite only ever owning oracle decks.

Today’s lesson: Trying is important. If at first you don’t succeed, pick yourself up and try again. You’re welcome for getting that song stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Try until you don’t have to try anymore. I’ve learned to be less concerned about the outcome and more interested in the journey to get there. What are some things you’ve tried in your lifetime? And most importantly, did you have fun? I believe if you are having fun, you are doing it right. Keep at it. I challenge you to live a life full of trying. Now get out of here and go get your “try” on.

-Amy Uncharted

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