Just Say Yes!
When my mom invited me to a drum circle, hosted by her 92 year-old friend, I had a moment of revelation.
A lot became clear to me about myself right then – namely that saying yes is my second nature, and adventure comes automatically. I got this from my mom who, well, is the sort of woman who says “yes” to drum circles.
“I have no idea what we will be doing exactly, but put it on your calendar for next week,” she told me.
When we arrived, we were greeted by the hostess – an energetic woman wearing a bohemian low bun and a lifetime of wrinkles. She flowed through the house in a turquoise dress and sandals with socks (a dead giveaway that this happened in California). She told us about being raised on an Indian Reservation in Washington and how she’d taught music her whole life.
“Now, grab this one. Hold it tight between your thighs, and hit any part of the top to make different sounds.”
“Oh, cool, like a musical ThighMaster.”
“You know, um, never mind”
And so we began.
Whenever I feel uncomfortable, and I can get away with it, I close my eyes and melt into an experience. And so, with my eyes closed, I listened to those around me, fed off of their rhythm, followed them as they created new ones, and pounded harder as they crescendoed. It was a sort of meditation – we weren’t talking, but we were communicating with musical intent. We were grooving, baby.
This rhythm, this beat, this abandon is the truth of living in the moment. It can be awkward, silly, offbeat, and crazy. It can be a 30-something sitting in a drum circle with a fabulous group of matriarchal band mates. But, if you can connect to that pulse around you, you can always just close your eyes…and rock.
Robyn’s adventurous spirit has drawn her to such exotic destinations as Dubai, Costa Rica and Schenectady, NY. Her most treasured items include the denim hat she worn when she won a Debbie Gibson look alike contest in ’89, her copy of Reality Bites, and the McDonalds Happy Meal Muppets glass that has miraculously survived three cross country moves. You can follow Robyn on Facebook at www.facebook.com/robyn.pottorff!
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