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I Hope You Dance

It's been one of those weeks where I'm waxing nostalgia in a big way. I'm remembering back to when I graduated high school (four and a half years ago), and realized that I, Ashley Strawser, was an adult. And being an adult, I had to figure out what I wanted to do with my life.

And quick. Because, it's not like they give you a lot of time to figure this out. You have really two options: Go to college, or work. And that's it. You have to choose. One of those. Fast. And you have no real time to think about it (unless you started young like they're forcing a lot of people to do nowadays), and so you pick on a whim.

I knew before I even graduated high school that I didn't want to go to college right away - or maybe ever. I wanted to take the time to work and figure out what I really wanted to do with my life. It wasn't that I never wanted to go to college, it was just that I didn't want to go if I had no clear idea on what my major was going to be.

So I didn't go. I stayed living at home and worked as a receptionist for a while, did some in-home babysitting, and worked at a daycare before finally taking the full-time position that I'm currently in. But all the while through that, I never forgot the song that I sang at my Senior Year Voice Recital. This was was I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack.

I chose this song, first for the words and the message it provided, but also because it meant something to me as a singer. It was the song of hope, of wonder, of love. It was the song of a mother to their daughter or a sister to their sister, saying that they hoped they never lost the attributes they had as a child.

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
Get your fill to eat but never lose that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty-handed
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you'll get faith a fighting chance
But when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance, I hope you dance

So if you're at that point in your life where you have to decide what to do next in your life, take a step back, breathe for a few minutes. Never let anyone else tell you what to do because you are you and you need to figure this out. 

And dance. Always dance. 

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance 
Living might be taking chances but they're worth taking
Loving might be a mistake but it's worth making
Don't let some hell-bent heart leave you bitter
When you come close to selling out, reconsider
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And if you get the choice to sit it out or dance


And now, so you all can see what brought me to write this post, here's the video of me singing I Hope You Dance for my senior recital! 

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