It was the day after the super moon phenomenon of 2014 and a group of thirty something friends sat around the patio completely satiated. Homemade Mexican food had been served and devoured and all wore beer induced grins. It was a lovely way to spend a summer evening. It was all quite normal and familiar when the conversation took a sudden turn. Music from the 90’s had played commercial free on one of those Digital TV channels and all night the phrase “I love that song,” could be heard. Song after song, we listened to the passing of our childhoods but instead of feeling old, we must have all felt rejuvenated because at one point somebody said, “I would love to take a Hip Hop class,” and we all agreed.
We imagined ourselves in class finally making our Fly Girl fantasies come true. Except it’s not the 1990’s anymore, Hip Hop dance and music has changed a great deal since we were kids, and people might not remember who the Fly Girls were, or that J-Lo had once been the very best of them. Oh yeah, we also realized that we are old! We had a great laugh about how funny it would be to go to a Hip Hop class as women in our thirties, dressed like Fly Girls and actually taking ourselves and our dancing very seriously.
I guess that is what happens right? At a certain point, we start to outgrow certain things, activities and even people, and it takes a lot of grace and self-awareness to realize it before actually showing up to a Hip Hop class.
In the fourth season of “How I Met Your Mother,” Barney, played by Neil Patrick Harris, comes up with the Murtaugh List, which is basically a compilation of things he is too old to do. In typical Barney fashion he states, “challenge accepted,” and proceeds to try to accomplish everything on the list within the span of 24 hours. It is comical because it is relatable.
The list references Robert Murtaugh, Danny Glover’s character in “Lethal Weapon,” who is constantly saying that he is “too old for this shit,” and while I tend to feel youthful, I have found myself stating this very phrase more often than not. I don’t have my own Murtaugh list yet, but when I do, going to Hip Hop dance class will definitely be included.
By: W. Castellanos-Wolf
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