Not my style

English: Victor Fung and Anna Mikhed dancing a...
Victor Fung and Anna Mikhed dancing a ballroom tango. The couple, dancing for the USA, came third in the World Professional Standard Championship 2009. Photo taken in 2006 by Porfirio Landeros, Kwixite Media, in San Diego, California.

Since my youth I have been an active person, always on the go. I didn’t have much time for specialised exercises like running and other sports except swimming and cycling. I would sometimes visit the local swimming baths but more often you would find me riding around on my bicycle. I would travel miles on my bike. Being as I was in those days a very anti-social person insofar as I preferred my own company, I was never interested in anything that required more that one person being involved, me! I was a complete loner and isolated from everything outside my work and home life. I only took a slight interest in what my other four siblings were up to and I cannot remember what sort of things interested them. The four of them, all younger than I, flew the nest long before I did. I simply wasn’t interested. More about my life can be read in the pages above. One thing I used to like watching was people dancing though it wasn’t something I wanted to do myself, that was the last thing on my mind. It just wasn’t my style. So I went through life never really having danced and especially with a partner. Everyone has an aversion to something that others find absorbing I would guess, dancing being one of mine. When I think about it I know quite a few people who are extremely reluctant to get on the dance floor. Perhaps it is the desire not to make a fool of themselves and in such cases they need a lot of ‘Dutch courage’ to change their minds. I have done that much myself in days gone by I have to admit! I often wonder what it is that drives people to do certain things, for instance Bungee jumping, sky diving and other hazardous activities or things like dancing! People don’t do things that are of no interest to them, that is why I don’t dance.

Shirley Anne