I used to work for a couple of 60s based radio stations. The format, at the time, was referred to as “Oldies” – mostly songs from the 60s with a smattering of late 50s and early 70s songs thrown in for good measure.
The reason people tuned into us was for the music. We had all the other elements that radio had to offer as well – personalities, news, weather, traffic etc., but the main draw was the music.
The success of the Oldies format was that the music instantly transported most of the listeners back to a time in their life that was more carefree. I referred to it as their “dancin’, prancin’ and romancin’ years.”
The music delivered a warm fuzzy to these folks. I believe it also set up a dichotomy in their mind. It not only reminded them of a special time, but it also tacitly reminded them that that time was over. The suggestion was that their dancing, prancing and romancing belonged to another time.
We do ourselves a disservice when we limit our ability to dance, prance and romance to the days of yore. That ability remains with us for a lifetime but we put it in a mental box called “Over” and miss amazing opportunities of expression every day.
The only reason these practices get rusty is because we don’t practice them.
When the last time you danced – not formally, but just let yourself do a little move or two?
Can you remember the last time you “strutted your stuff”?
When’s the last time you dusted off the romancing part of you and brought it out for a spin?
Again, these qualities are not tied to another time; they’re available now and always.
Dancing, prancing and romancing fall into the category of celebration. You don’t have to wait to be invited to celebrate – you can do it every day without having to have a reason.
There are countless ways to express celebration; you only need to bring them out and dust them off.
Any embarrassment you may initially feel is outweighed by the sheer enjoyment celebration brings.
Make it a new habit to do some old things, and by doing so, you may age but you’ll never get old.
Let me leave you with the words of an “Oldie” that never go out of style:
All the best,
LOSE WEIGHT & KEEP IT OFF
STOP SMOKING FOREVER
SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT EVERY NIGHT
IMPROVE YOUR SELF CONFIDENCE
I LOVE MY BODY
RELAX IN 2 MINUTES
FEEL FOREVER YOUNG
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