I have been learning pole dancing for 5 months and whenever I get a chance, I try to persuade my girlfriends to try it. Now, if you think pole dancing = stripper training, read this and this first, so we can start again. Ready now? Thank you.
Found this gem today:
Okay, 80% of you will not understand any of the jokes. And that’s because until you are Jenyne Butterfly and Retchless, you don’t get to check off a list of combo moves like they’re groceries. However, we do say a lot about dry-hands and bruises.
By examining some actual sh*t we say in the studio, I found a few lessons to learn for millennial who need some practices in the art of falling and getting back up.
1) Look, I got this last week! [Point at ungodly looking bruise]
I’ve been mistaken as a cutter because I’ve put bandaid on my blistered wrist after a few body spirals. I look domestically abused because my legs are bruised at least twice a month. As pole dancers, we brag about these wounds like soldiers .
It’s the simple rule of no pain no gain. A boring person is someone who’ve never been through sh*t. Your battle scars are your motivation. They remind you that you’ve gone this far and will only keep going.
2) Now, let go of your [hand/feet/both]
Your inner thighs are burning, your hands are starting to sweat and the panic kicks in. Do you dare to let go and lean back into a recliner? The reality is that the more you think about it, the less likely you’re going to do it. Often times we know what we are capable of but our brain tells us otherwise, so we slide back down to the ground and accept the “limit”. Do you dare to change your career because deep inside you know it’s time to jump? Do you dare to take a break knowing that it will only help you in the long run? Do you dare to let go of an unhealthy relationship? Do you dare to forgive?
3) Damn it, I’ve done it before!
The learning curve for pole is not a linear one. You could bruise and burn for weeks doing the same thing. Just as you’re convinced that you can never do it, one day, you climb up , take a deep breathe and it happens like it’s always been there. Any type of skills take conditioning and you can only take it to the next level if you’ve done it enough. I was fired from my first internship for sucking at phone calls. Many fake-it-to-make-it sessions later, I now take care of relationship building and serve as the primary business contact for my company. Do it, suck at it, do it again a little differently, repeat. Then one day, it will happens just like that.
4) How long have you been pole dancing? ( translation: why are you this good?)
It’s annoying that once in a while you run into instructors who had only pole danced for 8 months . They typically have long legs and invincible abs to shame any man. It’s also annoying that some girl in your class who is 2 times bigger than you, can do twice as much stuff as your skinny ass. It’s annoying to learn that most of the billionnaires under 30, didn’t even finish college. Argh!
There is no rationalization behind this one because the moment you start thinking that life is unfair, your world becomes a dark, meaningless place. Your only way out is to turn these people into inspiration and be their friends. Always surround yourself with inspirations. Positive energy is contagious.