Get on the good foot

This past weekend I did something I would never do. I participated in the Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter’s Dancing with the Cleveland Stars, and no one really knows just how much it meant for me to accomplish this.

I wouldn’t by any means classify myself as a “star” and thought it was a joke when I received the voicemail.

“Me? No, they must have the wrong number.”

Funny thing is, I didn’t plan on participating until I started telling others about the call I’d received the next day. The reactions, and looks on people’s faces, fueled me. It was as if they knew I wouldn’t do it. It was upsetting; to feel predictable. It may not have been doubt that I saw, but it prompted me to jump in with both feet.

Yes, the event was for a great cause, but I had my own selfish agenda too. I had something to prove to myself. We can talk the talk about individuality and building confidence, but how much of that really strikes a chord unless you walk the walk? So, that night I committed to do something out of my comfort zone.

The first step is the hardest. Once you do that, you either put up or shut up.

After 8 weeks of practicing for the big show, it came and went in the blink of an eye.

I didn’t have the largest group of supporters attend the event, but to those that did, if I haven’t made it abundantly clear already, it was truly special to share that moment with you. I started out to prove something to myself, but I realize now that I represented all of you as well. Thank you so much for your support and I hope I made you proud!

The most heartfelt sentiment actually came from my grandma the following day. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to attend, but she saw the video. She called me and I could tell that she had been crying.

“That’s my boy.”

A big thank you to my partner Anya! Your talent, effort and support helped make this an experience I’ll never forget.

Follow the link here to learn more about the vision and mission of the Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter & you can follow Anya at the link below.