I’m often writing blog articles about how you should step out of your comfort zone and try new things, especially as it relates to English. But recently I started feeling like a hypocrite—in other words, someone who says one thing but does something else. My actions and my words weren’t in sync. How often was I really stepping outside of my comfort zone? It’s easy for me to tell my readers what they should do, but what about me? Do I take my own advice?
I live a pleasant life in suburban Houston. I’m surrounded by convenience and comfort, so when was the last time I tried something new, something that made me nervous?
In fact, when my client recently suggested that I attend a Zumba Master class, I said no. I’d never tried Zumba before, and I definitely wasn’t a master! But her invitation made me think. What if I signed up for a Zumba class at my local yoga studio? I had noticed that there was a weekly class there.
So, that’s what I did! Last week, I attended my very first Zumba class. Now, you might be thinking: What does this have to do with learning English or any language? I promise that I’ll make the connection, but let me set the scene first.
If you don’t know what Zumba is, it’s a dance class that uses Latin American-inspired music and dance moves. There isn’t a lot of talking—just dancing. I felt awkward in the beginning, like I didn’t fit in with the other participants who clearly were regular attendees.
But then the music started.
I wasn’t good, and I wasn’t bad. I just was dancing. Nobody else in the class seemed to care if I made