Some friends and I accompanied a friend to his music performance the other weekend. When we got there the scene was cool. It was a traditional New Orleans music venue complete with antique decor, drunk and happy patrons, and intense sounds coming from the speakers. Before our friend went on stage, we all sat down and watched the crowd enjoy the vibe. There was this one particular guy who stood by himself close to the stage seeming to be eagerly awaiting the next performance. He had his hands in his pockets, and he would bounce up and down every so often indicating that he was excited for what was to come. He captured me and my friends' attention. As soon as my friend went on stage and the band dropped the first sound, Larry (as we endearingly named him at the end of the night) excitedly jumped in the air holding his hands out as if he held a guitar, hit the ground, and started wildly dancing all over the floor like he was the only one in the room! He performed uncontrollable moves to every song my friend rapped and the band played. It was amazing! He acted as if no one was watching, and I was so stunned that I began splitting my attention between my friend on the stage and my new friend Larry!
While the crowd was obviously entertained by Larry, I was both entertained and in awe. I admired his confidence and courage. No matter who was watching or what they were saying, Larry did his thing and didn't stop. Little did Larry know, his jumping up and down all over the dance floor motivated me to be even more free. If I take on life with a Larry attitude, nothing can stand in my way. And if something does, I'll just dance around it.