The last few weeks and MY BIRTHDAY! :)

”Tillykke med fødselsdagen”

”Happy Birthday”

Hey all, I hope everyone is doing well! Not much longer until I’ll be heading home, crazy how fast things can seem to go. I thinks it’s only like 3 or 4 more weeks…. WHOA! A lot has been happening these last few weeks, exciting and exhausting :P. And of course I had to use this phrase for the blog, my birthday was Saturday!

These past few weeks has been ahhhh so tiring, not really having weekends to recuperate. They have been fun but tiring. From having our dance tour to setting up for events at the school, to a former student’s weekend, it keeps a person busy. I think the people remembered beach season was coming so they were trying to prepare our bodies for the beach ;). Last week, the dance line was visited by a guy from the United States, yup I said U.S.A.! An American visiting the school to teach us a dance style he’s trying to spread more awareness about. Ironically, he reminded me of my older brother, a little with looks without my glasses on, but definitely with the way he talked HAHA. He asked us a question and our dance teacher was able to answer it, his reply was “Yes, that’s absolutely correct, wow man, you should teach this class or something…. Oh wait haha”. This sounded exactly like what my brother would say. Anyways, before I get more side tracked, the style was a fast footwork dance called Chicago style. You should try to look it up if you get a chance, and yes, this is my way of trying to help a fellow American in spreading the word :D. If you know me, I do not move very fast, I’m trying to work on it but it’s hard for a bigger guy haha. So this was a tad challenging for me but in the end I felt so good, and was decently keeping up 🙂 After the class, I could feel that I have changed while being here and hope to continue to grow. My future goal is to still teach in my own dance studio and believe each day I am getting closer and closer to that goal!

This past weekend was former student weekend. There were so many people, apparently around 1200 to 1300 people. All for my birthday right ;). I had two performances of our dance concert “Disconnected” Saturday and sadly it was our last performance ever for that dance. I feel like both of them went very well…. ACTUALLY, I know they went well, we were awesome and people cried! Even though I had two performances in one day and it was a little hard on the body (you know, I’m getting older :P), it was such a beautiful day and overall very relaxing. I got sung to twice, both at lunch and dinner, where I had to stand on a chair and everyone did a giant wave haha, it was so cool. Since it was former student’s day, the dining services took extra care of the people meaning we got ice cream and dessert waffles… YUM YUM YUM!!!! Honestly though, it’s actually really funny how different people are when it is someone’s birthday. People were so nice and kind, they gave me a little attention, I got hugs, and it was just a completely different experience than normal. As soon as it was past midnight, it felt like it went back to normal. But during that day, I actually felt welcomed, which this semester has been kind of hard to feel. So I would like to thank people for that, and of course a huge thank you to everyone who wished me a birthday wish in person or Facebook! I even got birthday wishes from people I had no clue who they were (former students that is), so that was pretty neat, like I said different experience/atmosphere. It was sad not being at home for my birthday but I am also very happy to been able to experience it here :).

We have a 24 hour challenge at the school tomorrow so I should probably try to wrap this up and go to bed soon. I’m actually really excited to see what the Danes have in store for us (The Danes, being the leadership class aka FIL came up with this idea). No matter what, the challenges are probably nothing compared to the 24 hour challenges I have already been through…. Beating numerous video games, starring at a blood moon for pictures, clapping for a teacher just for $20… Ahh good times ;). Anyways, have an amazing week, be kind, and share a smile or hug with someone this week. You’d be surprised how much it changes a person’s mood. Until next time, thanks for reading! 🙂

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One Act

“Jeg tror jeg har sommerfugle i maven på grund af dig”

“I think I have butterflies in my stomach because of you”

Wow it’s been awhile, I’m sorry! I hope you all are doing well and everything is going just swell for you. I have been on dance tour this whole week and what a week. It’s truly amazing how much I have learned this past semester and being able to showcase it to people all around Denmark. I can officially say I have done a 1 hour and some minutes dance 🙂 and that I have danced internationally for people outside the school. It has truly been an experience of a lifetime and done things I never thought possible. Thank you to Ollerup and to all of my current and past dancer teachers. Woot woot!

It’s really interesting how one act of something can change things. For example, this dance has made people cry, rethink of what they are doing in their life, and some just confused. One act of kindness, one sweet word, or even just a simple smile can change a person’s day. At the same time one rude/mean act, one word/phrase, or another person in a bad or sad mood can also change your day. Both of these things I have felt throughout this year (more during the spring than fall term and mostly the hurtful ones…). I try to stay positive a lot of times and I know I’m a different kind of person than most (laughing at everything, not making sense half the time, and probably talking too much) but when I constantly hear mean things or someone is just rude when talking it really affects a person. I’m not sure if people actually realize this or not but it’s true. I also hear “oh if someone is being rude just walk away or tell them they are being rude”, well I’m not that type of person. Plus from observing that usually doesn’t work. I can’t do those types of things because I wouldn’t want that to happen to me. I really want people to think harder before they say something, because honestly it’s just getting pathetic now.

The dance tour overall was as my dance teacher says “okay”. It was great experience like I said earlier but there is still so much for me and others to learn. For example, dancers (and yes I said dancers not audience members but dancers) on the side of the stage talking while the performance is going on and a very beautiful solo at that. Just don’t talk, I found that to be very annoying, I honestly didn’t think I would find it to be so annoying but it’s made me a little angry. They actually ruined the picture for me…. I don’t know if the audience could hear them but I could, and it was our last show of the tour and this is how I felt. It’s really a shame…. I’m sorry but that aggravated me so much I can’t remember what I was going to say next? So I’ll just move on.

My final words to this post, because I feel like I’ve said enough for now haha, is spread joy not hate around. Be yourself, and I know I’ll get some smartelic response of “oh but myself is rude or that’s just me” and my response is if yourself is a jerk well then DON’T, just try to not be one for a day, a week, year, heck maybe the rest of your life. I know I had a lot of complaining in this and I apologize once again but it helps get the grr out :P. Thanks to everyone who has any part of me and dance once again and those of you who reads my posts. Miss you all and hope you have an amazing upcoming week!