Sitting on a katta in my 10th floor flat, I was watching employees of a nearby mall getting all set for Ganpati visarjan. There was excitement in the air and the crowd looked all set to have a gala time.
With a cue from the leader, a motley band of six drummers and a banjo player, started belting out loud music extolling the crowd to come on the ‘dance floor’. It was not even a few seconds that a couple of guys were in full form and displaying their dance moves in a combination of Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Govinda and Bhagwan Dada!
Slowly and steadily, others joined in and the next 45 minutes were one helluva performance. While I was enjoying myself watching them, a thought struck me. Life is a Dance! And we all are dancers!! Yes, a dance that we all take part in our own ways and enjoy (or miss out enjoying). While some make the most of it, others miss out on opportunities to have a great time. So, here is a look at different kinds of people through the dance eyeglass.
The Initiator: This dancer jumps on to the dance floor the moment the music begins. In fact, at times, he is seen pushing the band to start. He enjoys being the first on the dance floor, has no inhibitions and loves to lead the pack. In life too, many want to move things rather than being moved. They love being first and take initiative. Their primary drivers are initiative, visibility, and leading.
The Carefree Entertainer: This dancer is all over the place. He is also one of the first ones to join the dance floor and loves moving from one person to another. He may or may not know to dance, but loves the atmosphere and lives in the moment. In life, there are many happy-go-lucky people for whom today matters the most. They live in ‘here and now’ and do not stress about much in life.
The In and out Dancer: There were quite a few dancers who were on the sidelines for most of the time and once in a while get on the ‘dance floor’, enjoy a few steps and move out. They seemed to have a burst of energy, but also looked tired after a few steps. Like these ‘In and out’ dancers, many people in life lack consistency. Their aspirations and motivation are for short periods of time and they are ‘at their best’ only for a few moments to go back to their ‘normal’ lives time and again.
The Cautious Worrier: Suddenly I spotted a young boy dancing without much energy. He did not seem to enjoy his dance but seemed more occupied with observing others and checking if he is being observed. Unlike the carefree entertainer, he definitely was not in the moment. In life, there are many of us who do things not for ourselves but to get approval. These people scrutinise their behaviour very critically and prefer not to take chances for the fear of doing wrong. They always strive to make others accept them and their actions stem from the feeling of ‘being accepted by the group’.
The Waiting One: While there were a few ‘In and out’ dancers, some anxious looking people were standing close to the ‘dance floor’, willing to join in, but hesitant. Their eyes were constantly on the dancers hoping one to them to spot the waiting ones and drag them on to the dance floor. There are many people who play the ‘waiting’ game throughout their lives. They want to do a lot, get involved but are not confident of their abilities. They will not take initiative, but wait for others to invite them to join in. If they are lucky, they get spotted and involved or they remain on the side-lines for ever.
The Onlookers: A little far from the ‘dance floor’ was a small group of people standing and chatting. They seemed to be pretty fine just watching the dancers. In fact, it felt as if they were at the distance because they did not want to be spotted and ‘dragged in’. A good number of people in life are like that. They are happy and content seeing things happening around them and have no inclination to be a part of any of it. For them, ‘just watching’ is more important than ‘doing’.
The Commentator: I suddenly spotted two people talking animatedly with each other. These seemed to be pointing at every dancer and passing comments on them. When someone from the dance floor approached them to join in, they refused and continued their commentary. Well, a good number of people in real life too, just comment on what others are doing. When they are asked to do something, they refuse but would not desist from passing judgements and comments.
The Troublemaker: While I was focussed on all the above, I also saw a young dancer who will go on to the dance floor time and again and dance vigorously and ‘out of tune’ with some dancer or a group of dancers. His only intention seemed to be to disturb the other person’s rhythm. He seemed to be enjoying the ‘power’ of disturbing others. In life too, there are a few whose only objective is to be a trouble-maker. These people get involved only to bring in chaos and enjoy disturbing the flow.
Shakespeare once said ‘Life is a Stage and we all are actors’. Well, from now onwards, you can also say, ‘Life is a Dance floor and we all are dancers’!