“What are you doing this weekend?” I asked my daughter.
“I’m going to an improv class.”
“Yeah, it’s free.”
“Can I come?”
The thing is, going to an improv class has been on my “To Dare” list for a long time.
Yeah, NOT my To-Do list.
My To-Do list is probably much like yours: laundry, grocery shopping, taxes, connecting with so and so about such and such, grade papers…
The To Dare list…is the exciting, I’ve never done this before list, that also does not involve risking your life, jumping out of planes and such.
I Ubered into Center City Philadelphia and found myself at a theater. I was late. Nothing like coming into a class late. My daughter, Alexa, flashed me a big smile.
It’s been awhile since we’ve taken a class together. The last time was when we did an inversion yoga class hanging from big sashes suspended over the floor and I nearly passed out. Great dare but that’s one and done.
Anyway, the group quickly opened it’s circle for me and we were off and improv-ing planning a party, throwing a ball and dropping it, Making up funny voices.
I played the part of a Sherpa guiding someone up the mountain. “Most people don’t survive”, I said to my partner. “Just saying, you might want to write your loved ones now.” HAHAHAHAHA. “I’ll carry your body back on this goat.” (Okay, I thought it was mildly funny.)
The mantra of improv is saying “Yes, and…”
You can’t say no.
Yes and…of course this really fits into my philosophy that we know where “no” takes us…nowhere. We don’t know where Yes can take us; perhaps somewhere wonderful. And so it is with improv.
I watched my daughter pretend to be on a first date watching fireworks…too funny.
So glad I dropped the To-Do list for the To Dare list today. Yes and… we created some memories.
Look at this crew. We were with each other for 2 hours and we bonded over our first time experience today. We look like a real team.
Creating a To Dare list is a powerful step to step out of your “Groundhog Day” comfort zone. Actually doing the dares is ….YES and…MORE PLEASE.