For those of you who don’t know, Jess and I are both dancing professionally right now and were slated to perform at the annual Hall of Fame game this weekend. Unfortunately the game didn’t happen (was cancelled due to poor field conditions), but we still walked away from an unforgettable weekend and invaluable lessons.
Here’s what we learned:
1.) You can do anything after being a pro dancer!
No, seriously. The amount of times we either had a totally different performance than what we anticipated or just totally changed plans altogether this weekend was insaaannne. The weekend had its own plans so we just sat back, went with the flow, and let life teach its lessons. Even when the weekend said, ” Hey guys, I’m just gonna cancel this game you’ve been working towards for months.” And then said, “Wait no! You’re on in 5, rrruunn!!!”
If you can relax and let life take you where you need to be. You can figure out how to make that work you will be much better off than trying to fight the tides yourself.
2.) Things might just end up better than you expect.
When we did get the news that the game was cancelled, we were initially devastated. We had worked so hard for so long trying to perfect everything in anticipation of one of the biggest performances of our life. So naturally, we initially felt that our opportunity was taken away. In reality, we got more of an opportunity with a crowd that was tuned into only us. We were able to offer something no one else could offer for fans that had paid a lot and traveled far to be there ( I met some that drove over 26 hours from New Mexico!). We were able to offer entertainment and celebration of the Hall of Fame inductees. We were able to really shine and make an impact on the weekend by filling in space that no one else knew how to fill.
3.) You make a difference no matter how much you think you don’t.
The most touching part of the weekend was by far the Enshrinement Ceremony where each inductee gave a speech about his life’s work in the NFL. The most surprising part is that these guys have worked with the best of the best in the industry. Yet, every single one of them thanked their high school teachers and coaches. Each had a particular memory about one thing that person said to them at a young age that really changed the way they thought about the game or even what was possible for them. This was absolutely beautiful to me. I think we sometimes get caught up in the day to day and forget that what we say and do matters, if even just to one person.
So, even though it may seem like the weekend went totally awry, we felt that we learned so much and couldn’t wait to share it with you!
Happy feet always,
Britt & Jess